Our side-by-side refridge is about 8 years old. I noticed that there is some frost building up in the freezer near the top and have identified that the freezer seal (gasket) is not fitting tightly in one spot. Can I just replace that piece? I found a replacement part but no instructions on how to do it.
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The problem is not with the temp control but more with either the evap fan in the freezer section or a heavy frost build up on the back wall toward the bottom section of the freezer. If you have more frost than usual more than likely the defrost t-stat has gone bad which is not a costly repair. The fan you should be able to hear also with the freezer door open. If you do not hear it the fan has gone bad and needs to be replaced. Hope this helps
Test the gasket by closing the door on a dollar bill. If you can pull the dollar out easily then the gasket is not sealing. If the gasket is OK then the auto defrost function may be not operating. High humidity and opening the door frequently can also cause some frost build-up.
the door may be sagging or the door gasket could be torn or loose from the door. whats happening is the moisturew in the air is forming ice build up. check and make sure the door and gasket are completely closed.
Generally, This would be a sealed system problem. An inefficient compressor or low refrigerant. If you notice a build up of frost on the freezer panel it might be a defrost problem, but, I am leaning towards an inefficient compressor.
there is a small electric heater along the door gasket where you see the frost building up, this heater has apparently stopped working. this will also cause the door to pop open due to a poor seal. feel around where the door gasket contacts the refrigerator and it should feel a little warm. if not then a service company can replace those heaters. should not be too expensive.
during periods of high humidity and or high use, it is not unusual to notice frost on surfaces in the freezer. the ICM is susceptible due to it being metal and having warm(compared to freezer temp) water in it. make sure the doors ar closed tight and nothing is stuck in the gasket area. J
Have same problem on a 2 month old Kenmore 106.5794*700. side by side. I can see ice / frost build up behind the lower baffle on fridge side. Does not seem to be any airflow from freezer side to fridge side. Freezer is extremely cold, it is about -23F. I read that 0F would be normal. Fridge side is warmish, running at about about +50F when it should be about +32 to +38F.
BTW: Ice pops started sticking to my tongue, thats why I noticed the unit wasn't working correctly.
I'm not 100% sure but I think the compressor is also running all the time as well. Either that or a Fan or something running. That kinda points to a stuck thermostat or some thing causing it to stick. I suspect that if the Freezer thermostat which is located in the Fridge compartment just may to rely on air flow from the freezer side via a duct, if this duct is blocked, the Freezer Thermostat misread the freezer compartment temperature and will always activate the compressor. Wish I had more details on exactly how the freezer thermostat works.
So after reading various forums on this it looks like a defrost issue causing the ice or frost build up or maybe just a faulty thermostat. Maybe there is a common circuit control board for these two functions?
As this is still in Warrranty I have a Sears Tech coming on Monday 14th Jan 08. I'll be interested to see what he does.
brookid, first you want to start with the basics; door seals are good, light turning off with door closed, dispensor duct door closing all the way, condensor coils cleaned, evaporator fan and condensor fan are running. If you are satisfied that there are no problems here then you want to see if you have a heavy frost build-up on the back of the freezer panel. If you do, you have a defrost issue that usually involves the defrost heaters, main board or freezer thermistor. Tests will have to be made on the main board to determine these. If you don't have a frost build up, you need to check the airflow vents from the freezer to the refer compartment. I will attach a photo of a refrigerator with a defrost problem. Catriver...post back.