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Magic Chef fridge model MCBR1020W fridge is not cooling but freezer is getting a frost and fan runs all the time

Refridgerator is a Magic Chef model MCBR1020W. The fridge is not cool and the freezer is working but developing frost. The fan in the freezer section is running all the time.

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trying to install a new defrost timer in my magic chef refrige model number mcbr1010w but need to confirm the colored wires and numbered prongs are installed in the correct order.... i took off the old timer before looking at the order to install..... white, orange, blue and yellow wires. numbered prongs 1 2 34 not in that order. also the blue wire is taped out the other end and has a silver cap, did this slip out from somewhere or is it supposed to not be used....??
by Manage My Life
July 6th, 2011
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Joseph - I played around with the timer as suggested and did see how that worked - which wasn't too well... Then I tried to order the thermostat but got the wrong one - and eventually I simply replaced the refrigerator. A radical step to be certain but I was losing food! The lesson that I learned was to keep the receipt and warranty!
by Manage My Life
March 10th, 2011
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Forgot to mention, i unplugged the refrig for 5 hours. did get a little water, but not much.
by Manage My Life
March 10th, 2011
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SAME THING. Freezer temp is 15f. fridge won't go above 52. I see the ideas above. Is there a definitive answer yet ?
by Manage My Life
March 10th, 2011
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Hey Guys -
I have this exact problem - and I think the problem is EITHER the aforementioned timer or the thermostat. Obviously it is easy to replace the timer - it looks like it comes right off... But, I don't know where the thermostat is - I unscrewed the two screws in the refrigerator that hold up the light but didn't want to yank that off if it wasn't related. any help would be appreciated.
by Manage My Life
July 16th, 2010
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Fred M
From the description you give I suspect you have a defrost problem. Once you see the frost in the freezer it has already built up and is most likely blocking the air circulation to the refrigerator section.

There is something you can try to check the cause of this problem. In the rear of the refrigerator where the compressor is on the left side, facing the rear, is a defrost timer. See the image below for a picture of a similar timer. It will be mounted and you may only see the small round knob. With a straight edge screwdriver (or a quarter) you can turn the small round knob clockwise very slowly. At some point it should click and the refrigerator should shut off. You would now be in defrost.

You can listen to the freezer section for the sizzle and pop of a defrost heater being on. If you hear something the defrost element is most likely working.

If you heat nothing then it is likely the defrost heat is bad.

Next give the time 30-40 minutes to turn the compressor back on and start cooling. If it does this then likely the defrost timer is okay. If it never starts running after 40 minutes then you can manually turn the timer till it clicks and starts the refrigerator running. If you have to manually advance the timer then the timer is most likely the problem.

Any parts you need can be obtained from the following link:

Sears PartsDirect

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I hope this information is helpful to you.
by Fred M Earned 3,489 community points in Appliances
June 26th, 2010
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afritz afritz
Hello hillb, I have had the same issue before. Something that has helped me out before was visiting the Sears Home Services website. They have trouble shooting information and tips on any issue that you may be having. I have provided the link below if you are interested in visiting the wbesite. Hope this helps!
by afritz afritz Earned 1,258 community points in Appliances
June 24th, 2010
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