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Hi noelle7
You say your freezer is icing up!

What is the model and how old is the freezer?
Is it a chest or upright freezer?

Icing can happen for a variety of reasons.


1. An air leak at the seal
my kids get ice cream a lot and slam the door and it pops open a crack.
Or does not completely close when they swing it closed and walk away on the upright freezer!
If we hold it open for 60 seconds or more freely searching for something, usually in a chest freezer.
You may find that the warm air allowed to enter for those minutes will eventually cause the formation of ice in my freezer.
The less time open the less chance of ice forming.
Or if it is severe then the thermostat is broken.

How old?

Here is an article I just read.

Repair or replace?

When to pull the plug on your old refrigerator

It nearly always makes sense to undertake simple do-it-yourself repairs,
such as replacing a gasket on a refrigerator or a freezer.

Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.

Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your refrigerator,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

Follow these guidelines:

When a repair makes sense.

If your refrigerator is under warranty or less than four years old (three years for top-freezers),
paying for a repair makes sense.
Note that refrigerators under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.

If your refrigerator is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
given that today's models are quieter and have added features.
Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
more efficient than those built before 1993.

When it pays to replace.

The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new refrigerator.
Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive top-freezer refrigerator
six or more years old or a bottom-freezer or side-by-side eight or more years old.

Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
of a refrigerator you replace is likely to end up in a landfill.


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Thank You, HUUUM

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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