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temperature Magic Chef refrigerator model mcbr1020w

Freezer temperature is excellent (20 F). Refrigerator stays at 52. It's set at #7. No visible ice build up. ideas?

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Warming temperatures is not what you want to see in the fridge and freezer. Even though you do not see ice yet, you may want to check a similar question for your model from a previous expert post I located. I attached the link below. This may help you find a course of action before it gets worse.
by Manage My Life
March 10th, 2011
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scott d
I can understand your concern. The information you have received is good but this may be a different problem. If the freezer is only getting down to 20 degrees, this is not cold enough. At this temperature, the fridge section normally, will not cool sufficiently. The freezer should be down to between 0 - 5 degrees.

Now, if there is a heavy frost build up in the freezer on the back wall, this will be a defrost problem. As the frost gets thicker, both sections will get warmer. If there is no frost accumulation, this would appear to be a seal system problem. A technician will be required to make this type of check. I'm listing a site you can access, to have a tech come out. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

. If you would like more assistance, any additional details will be helpful and I will be glad to assist you further.
by scott d Earned 115,027 community points in Refrigerators
March 11th, 2011
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Scott, Thanks. My assumption was inverted. You know how if you put freezer setting closer to 1 it opens the "airway" (for lack of the correct word) more. I thought this would allow more cold air to go to the fridge. OK, so now i've set the freezer to 6. Let's see what this does. I'll report back in 4 or 5 hours with freezer & fridge temps.
Trying to figure this out, as i live way out in the boonies in northern vermont. Calling for a tech will be the last move.
Again, thanks for the feedback.
by Manage My Life
March 11th, 2011
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@Scott. The freezer temp went down to 3below. Still 50 +/- in fridge. A friend of mine said 4 hours probably not enough time to defrost. So I'm leaving it unplugged for 24 hours. I am getting water in those channels, so maybe they were still blocked.
If this works, then my next move would be adjusting the defrost timer to prevent frosting up again? ?
by Manage My Life
March 13th, 2011
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I will also agree that 4 hours is not long enough for it to completely defrost. When it's all defrosted, if it starts cooling ok again and you start to notice the frost building back up, you can try advancing the defrost timer to see if the element will come on. Turn the dial on the timer slow, until the unit quits running. After a few minutes, if you can hear a hissing sound in the freezer, it indicates the timer # 502414000009 is not advancing and will need to be replaced. If nothing happens, the element and bi-metal thermostat will need to be checked. I hope this will help you.
by scott d Earned 115,027 community points in Refrigerators
March 14th, 2011
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hello my unit isnt cooling at all the fan seems to be running but not freezing and the low part of the unit isnt cooling either . The compresser is not running yet it is a little warm im only get 120v on one leg of the comnpressor any push in the right direction for trouble shooting the unit would be great or is the there technical manuel i can get ?
by Manage My Life
August 14th, 2013
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Jesse, I suspect your fridge will be the same model as the one listed above. If the compressor is not running but is warm, it would indicate that it has been running. This could be a problem with the compressor or the starting device on the compressor. If this unit is located in an area that can get hot, this could also be the problem. It could cause the compressor to overheat and stop running. If you can hear a clicking sound from the bottom of the unit, it would indicate the compressor is trying to start but can't. This would mean the compressor is locked or the starting device has failed. In this case, you can try replacing the starting device but if the compressor still won't start, it will need to be replaced. I hope this will help you. If you would like to have a technician check this, you can call 1-800-469-4663 to schedule a tech to come out.
by scott d Earned 115,027 community points in Refrigerators
August 15th, 2013
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