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Frost free refrigerstor

Door hard to open because of vaccum sealing

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Use a little vasaline on door gasket and it will be better

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How can I keep frost from building up so much or as fast in my non-frost free freezer?

Non-defrosting freezers are very cool...

Chest types are superior to the uprights... because your cold feet from opening the door on the upright... just cooled down your room... and WARM / MOIST air just re-entered the unit... again to be brought back to zero temperature with your precious utility dollars...


Caused more frost to form.

All air coming into the cooled space will contribute frost build up.

Humidity or overly steamy kitchens will aggravate the situation.

A lot of frost (build up) can easily be caused by too much contemplation in front of the freezer... waiting for that INSPIRATION

Air intrusion can be caused by an ice cube, poor arrangement of food... or actual door obstruction (pizza-box)... or even where a wire or tube passes through the refrigerator housing.

An easy check for your door seal .. and PROPER DOOR ALIGNMENT is called the "DOLLAR Bill test".

((any piece of EQUIVALENT paper will work JUST FINE.. and one never really knows where a DOLLAR bill has actually been... I'm just saying!!))

A simple visual is the best start... the seal should be clean & in full contact with the entire area between the door and refrigerator compartments...!!. Open the door... and in ANY suspect area slip the "dollar bill" between the housing of the refrigerator DOOR SEAL.

Pulling the dollar out you will feel the proper contact provides
a modest amount of resistance to your pull on the dollar...
THE SEAL IS PERFECT... in THAT location.

Continue on with the entire inspection UNTIL you are CONVINCED that THE SEAL is good.

After that ... you are pretty much left to moving to a dryer climate...
but personally... I feel AUTOMATIC DEFROSTING is a controlled version of wasting your FROZEN FOODS.

That is why I think Non-frost free freezers are very cool...!!

Best regards!

Aug 31, 2015 | Frost Refrigerators

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Frost freezer

On humid days, when you open the freezer door this moist air enters the freezer, then freezes to form frost. Try not to keep the freezer door open for very long. There is really nothing that can be done to prevent the frost. If the problem is much worst than in the past, check the seal around the door for any cracks or holes. If it is defective, replace it with a new seal.

Aug 30, 2015 | Frost Refrigerators

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The frost free freezer has started to form ice

First point of investigation, is to check the door seal. Sometimes new seals get stuck-suction and when opened and shut possibly cause a small tear, lubricate very gently with Vaseline, this will enable the seal to firstly seal properly and secondly not put undue pressure due to suction on new door seals.
If that does not resolve it then have a technician check the thermostat.

Mar 04, 2015 | Frost Refrigerators

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How do i engage defrost

"Frost free" fridges automatically cycle in and out of defrost mode a couple (or more) times a day. There is no user intervention required. If your frost free fridge is building up frost, there's a good chance that the defrost circuit has developed a problem.

before digging into the defrost circuit: If frost is building up only on a door or door opening - this is an indication of a poor freezer door seal. Once the seal is repaired or replaced, the frost should stop building up. If the frost is throughout the inside the freezer - and the temperature of the fresh food compartment and eventually the freezer is climbing - then it's more involved than a door seal.

Typical problems areas of the defrost circuit are: the defrost terminator or sensor, defrost timer assembly and defrost heating element. While the circulating fan(s) is not part of the defrost circuit - it is usually visible and should be checked when inspecting defrost heaters and terminator components in the freezer. If the fan(s) has failed or is otherwise unable to spin, it should be replaced.

If you need more help, please provide the brand and model fridge you have. Good luck!

Sep 27, 2011 | Refrigerators

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My frost free kenmore upright freezer collects frost around the top where the light is. I have checked the door seal and there seems to be no leakage. It is less than 2 years old

if frost free is collecting ice any where ther is a air leak . ck for poor seal.s seals sometime look good but not sealing . use a $10.00 bill a five won't work close the door on it in several places and ck the tennison . on tennison / bad seal /.. mm

Aug 11, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Freezer is frosting

Even frost free freezers will frost up in high humidity, especially if there is a poor door seal. Defrost the freezer by turning it of and placing pans of hot tap water in the freezer. You can speed this along by helping to remove the ice as it melts. Check the door seal after you've defrosted the freezer, a bad seal is one of the big causes of frosting up the next biggest problem is usually holding the door open.
If it's a frost free unit, if the problem continues you'll need to have it checked out.

Jun 19, 2010 | GE GSS25JEM Side by Side Refrigerator

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Is Frigidaire Chest Freezer, Model AFFC1526DW1 frost free?

normally, most freezers will accumulate frost . it can't really be helped. however , the amount of frost can be controlled as it is basically a by-product of three things . often you open the door, well the door seals, and finally, well the food is sealed before it is frozen.

Mar 16, 2010 | Nor-Lake Norlake Refrigeration 4' x 6'...

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Whirlpool arc7612. Fridge not getting cold. Freezer obviously working as it frosts up despite being 'frost free'. Slight gap in door seal near top of door. Last time we had this happen I unplugged it for a...

You have to replace the door seal. The seal may be a mundane technology and it isn't the only technology making a refrigerator frost-free, but it is the most important one. Warm moist air enters through the gap in the door seal, condenses on cold surfaces and freezes. The frost interferes with airflow and prevents the system from keeping the fridge cold. Turning it off for a day allowed the frost to melt.

Aug 03, 2008 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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How do I replace the door seal on a Neff under the counter refrigerstor?

Some door seal gaskets just wedge into place and are easily replaced. Replacing the gasket is simply the reverse of removing the old one. You peal out the old gasket and fit in the new and press it into the slot.

Jul 11, 2008 | Neff Refrigerators

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its because the door seals are new and are working correctly. The pressure difference between the warm outside and the cold inside cause a sort of vaccum and so makes it hard to open. It is usually only after the door has been closed a while that it will be hard to open. put your finger around the edge of the door and shift the seal slightly, this will release the vaccum and let the door open normally. It will get better after a few weeks. I have had 2 whirlpools also and this has been the same on both of mine.

Mar 18, 2008 | Refrigerators

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