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My freezer's defrost systems runs constantly

I have a frigidare frs22zrh upright side by side fridge/freezer and the defroster runs several times a days defrosting the food and causing a water puddle int he bottom of my freezer even though the freezer does not need defrosting... help.

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  • drgolfing Sep 11, 2008

    The freezer itself is cooling sufficiently. I have seen the heater coils turn on on a number of occassions. The refrigerator is working fine with no noises but on a number of occasions when I open the freezer to clean the now melted ice out of the bottom of the refregerator the heater coils (i am assuming the defroster) turns on.. That's why I am questioning the compressor theory.. thanks for any feedback.

  • drgolfing Sep 11, 2008

    Thanks. The ice is fine, plenty of it and frozen. If I had to guess the heater coil comes on more than once per day based on what I have seen. We have to clean the water of the floor after it has accumalated to much in the freezer bottom and runs out onto the floor about every 2 days.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    want switch of runs constantly have defrosted

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    The freezer stopped working properly, food became defrosted. Swithched to run as a refrigerator and now runs as a freezerm but not as refrigerator.

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I dont think so i would look at the compressor kicking out on thermal overload or a faulty thermostat thermostats have two settings cut in cut out your cut in could be bad and not turning the compressor on till the temp reaches melting temps now if your hearing a click buzz then you need to look at the compressor and make sure the compressor fan is running but its not a defrost promblem

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  • robert samples Sep 11, 2008

    the defrost system has three parts the defrost heater the defrost theromostat and the timer or on newer models the adc control or adaptive defrost control which is electronic now days now it works on compressor run time for every 8 hours the compressor runs and it dont measure the time the theromostat shuts off the compressor the adc shuts down the compressor and turns on the heater specs are 30 min defrost for evey 8hrs of compressor run time it can be faster if the theromostat is stuck and runs the compressor all the time normaly should defrost every 2-3 days depending on how many times the doors are open and there is a drain pan under where the heater is so you shouldn have to clean any water under the floor of the freezer so reply and lets chat about this not saying you cant have a faulty adc but dont think so how often are you seeing the heater on and how is your ice

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