inside the fridge, behind the drawers, is there any ice there?
How old is the appliance?Is the fan inside the fridge running? (you should hear it stopping when you open the door).
Sorry, it's only the fridge side I'm interested in as this is the side you indicated the problem was on.
As there's no ice it suggests a fault in the system (blockage in the refrigeration pipework).
However, unplug the appliance.
Take the rear panel behind the drawers off.
If it's iced up and held by ice, defrost it, don't snap it off.
Let me know what you find.
You only pay me once, not for each exchange.
OK, so it's completely defrosted inside the fridge.
How long have you had it running since?
Is it running now?
If not, plug it in.
Does the evaporator pipework inside the fridge frost over?
You should see the mass of pipes inside the fridge behind the panel you've just said you had off.
When you take the panel off, you see the mass of pipes, that is the evaporator.
No, it's inside the fridge, behind the drawers..
It's behind the cover you said that you had taken off.
OK, so there is ice at the panel.
Unplug the appliance.
Defrost the panel behind the drawers and take the panel off to reveal the evaporator.
Fully defrost the ice on the fan and on the evaporator.
Fully defrost the drain channel and drain hole below the evaporator.
Reassemble and plug in the machine.
The fridge should work again.
If the fault returns quickly, you likely have a failed defrost circuit.
You can get a kit for this fault that will sort it out.
Check Ebay for RS21 kit and it will list the various kits available.
To determine which one you actually need, you'll need to use a multimeter and test the defrost element.
If it's ok, you don't need the element kit, just the fuse and sensor kit.
Check it out, see what you find and get back to me.
Hope this helps
It really depends on how iced up it is.
Use a steamer or similar to speed the process up.
The cost of repair will much depend on what is actually wrong.
You need to check and see if it's just been a blockage or whether there's a fault in the defrost circuit.
The life of the appliance can't really be measured.
As long as parts are available it can always be repaired.
It comes down to what you think is a fair price to keep the machine going, compared to replacing it.
My own machine is nearly 11 years old and has had numerous repairs over the years.
I just can't bear to part with it.
You can get a multimeter at the likes of Maplins.
Yes, the company I work for does repair fridges, unfortunately, I'm not allowed to tout for business.
How long has the appliance been running since it was last plugged in?
Is the freezer running at least minus 18?
OK, so it's defrosted.
Plug it in.
You only need to refit the panels.
See if it cools down, doesn't cool, blocks with ice or just works as it should.
How is it going with the appliance?
Has it cooled down and begun working properly again?
If the fault returns, you have issues with the defrost system in the fridge.
This would need you to test the elements inside the fridge, test the thermal fuse and replace the parts as necessary.
It's not a simple job as you can damage the pipework that carries the coolant.
See how it goes and get back to me if it's still faulty.
Good luck with the appliance.