Defective Refrigerator Air Diffuser
The other day I wrote about how our refrigerator was warm (50 degrees) yet our freezer was cold (0 degrees). Our side-by-side Kenmore Elite refrigerator was not working properly and I diagnosed the problem as a defective refrigerator air diffuser that was restricting cool air from the freezer compartment from entering the refrigerator compartment. The result was a warm refrigerator with a cold freezer.
Temporary Air Diffuser Repair
I ordered a new air diffuser and a thermistor in order to repair our refrigerator. In the meantime while we wait for the parts I created a temporary repair. If you look closely to the inside of the air diffuser you’ll see I inserted a black plastic zip tie into the holes of the louver door. The zip tie keeps the door from completely shutting and therefore letting the cool air move into the refrigerator.
After I inserted the zip tie I put the diffuser back in place while I wait for the new one. The temperature has gone from 50 degrees down to 35 degrees. So now the milk is safe and we can make due until the part comes.
If your refrigerator air diffuser is broken this temporary fix should help you keep your food cold while you wait for parts!