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Samsung Model No.RS2533SW Refrigerator

The evaporator coil keeps freezing up on refrigerator side of my appliance. This refrigerator has a duel cooling system. I replaced the fan motor but that didnt help. The coil doesnt seem to have a defrost mechenism on it. Am I missing it? I go to the part web site and cant find a heater fot the coil. Can you help?

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  • andyfilm Dec 11, 2007

    I'm having the exact same problem with this refrigerator. I have to manually defrost the coils with a blow dryer every couple of weeks. Was the problem ever solved? I'm thinking this may have to do with the board becuase it sees susceptible to power surges. It will get zapped and not work occasionaly.

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    I have the same problem. Refrigerator not de-frosting. If I take the whole unit outside and clean it with water and wait, ice in refrigerator side will melt and both freezer and referigerator would work OK for a week or so. Called Samsung but they are useless.Keeps telling me to call service people. I have called them and paid $100 but service people say change evrythig like fan motors, switch on the door and board circuit. I have done that but still refregerator do not work after a week or so. Tired of moving the unit outside defrost it. Can any one in this whole univese help us. We lost food worth $500 to $800 so far.
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Here is what I did, all parts on my fridge worked, i tested all sensors and so on. so you must rule out all non-functioning parts. when defrosted I opened it and with everything plugged in, yet accessable I put it in manual defrost and could see the water drip. So i noticed it really did not get hot enough. so I put in a 2.2 Kohm resistor in seris to the from the samsung chart it brings it upto 90degrees vs 60. and I also took a piece of aluminum flashing and wrapped it around the upper heat tube and had it slide all the way to the drain plug, it was about 6 inches wide on the top and tapered fown to about a quater inch as it goes in the drain tostop that area from freezing up. my fridge was freezing up 3-4 weeks, and it has been 6 weeks and it has not frooooze up.

I have two of these fridges that do exactly the same thing and all parts work. So I will test the second one after i domy testing for 2-3 months and try to report back. email me if you want more details, i will post somewhere.

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  • dean devolpi Dec 02, 2011

    so my tweeks have now worked for 7-8 months. adding the heat diffusers and the resistor in series to the thermostat to change the shut off temperature of the defrost cycle. I have not had to unplug the fridge for 3 days to defrost it in all that time. when before I could not go past 3 weeks.

    So by shifting the defrost cycle to be on longer my concern was I might cause the heater element to burn out. This apparently to date has not happened which makes sense since it was not defrosting it enough. If there was going to be a problem should have had a critical failure by now. But that is why I did put in the heat diffusers in place, to prevent hot spots . I now own a cheap infrared temperature reader that would have been handy to find the hotspots ($25.00 at radio shack). I did it by touch before and found these areas to be significantly hotter. They were hot...

    I note this fix is for when the fridge coils freeze up and everything is working, that you know the defrost element works.. My fridge worked fine for years and would do this only once a year a couple years ago and escalated to every 3 weeks.

    i have pictures of this at

  • dean devolpi Oct 24, 2013

    has been working without a problem now for over 2 years now. again coils use to freeze up every 2-3 months. Have two similar samsungs and both did this and both work fine. I bought my fridges used and I am assuming this is why they were sold so cheap. so about $1.00 of materials and you have it repaired.

  • dean devolpi Nov 12, 2014

    at three years now and still working great. from having to emplty it out ever few weeks-months to let it defrost to now it works fine with a 20 cent resistor and some flashing/heat pipes.

  • dean devolpi Sep 07, 2017

    6 years later still working on one fridge and I did it to a second 4 years ago. On the second one it lasted 4 or so years and the timer relay must have gone out because absolutely no voltage to the defrost coils. So I now really cheat on it, I disconnected the connection and wired it externally from the fridge to a mechanical 15 minute 120VAC timer switch that you find in home depot generally for fans in bathrooms. Everyday I set the fridge into manual defrost mode and turn on the timer for 15 minutes and it works perfectly for 1 year now. It is another Samsung model, thay seem to all operate the sameish.


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The evap coil freezing up is likely due to the defrost cycle not working. The little defrost t-stat looks like a little disc with wires coming out of epoxy. If that is swollen or the expoxy is popped up at all it's bad. You can check it for continuity if you have a multimeter. The next thing would be the defrost timer itself that is bad, the last and least likely item to fail is the heating element itself, you can also check it for the proper ohm value to make sure it's OK.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006

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    Marc Wilson Dec 29, 2006

    Oh yeah, on the drawing item 12 & 13 are the bi-metal and thermistor. If all that is good then the control board in the back is the next culprit since it takes the info from all those sensors to decide what to do (defrost or not, etc.)


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My ice maker has stopped working. Water is not flowing to the fridge at all

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I have no cold air in my refrigerator or Freezer. It defrosted everything.

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If the refrigerator is not cold enough the condenser coils may be dirty. The condenser is like a radiator and must stay clean in order to dissipate the heat which was removed from the inside of the refrigerator. As the coils get dirtier the refrigerator becomes less efficient, which makes it work harder to cool down. If the coils are dirty enough, the unit will never be cold enough and will not be able to cool the inside of the refrigerator to the proper temperature.
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If the refrigerator is not cold enough there might be something caught in the condenser fan motor blade, or the condenser fan motor might be defective. The condenser fan motor draws air over the condenser coils to cool them. The condenser fan motor is located underneath the refrigerator near the back. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall and remove the access panel to access it.
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I have a side by side whirlpool fridge and the freezer is fine but the fridge is now freezing everything. It's about 11 years old.

Since you stand to loose all the food I would call a service tech ASAP. But here are the most common reasons for the problem you have.
Cause 1
The Evaporator Coils are Frosted Over The defrost heater assembly turns on a few times throughout the day to melt away any frost that may have accumulated on the evaporator coils. If the defrost heater assembly is defective, frost will continue to accumulate on the evaporator coils, and the coils will become plugged with frost. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, the airflow through the coils will be restricted, causing the refrigerator not to cool. Check the evaporator coils to determine if they are frosted over. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, test each component of the defrost system.
Cause 2
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Cause 1 The defrost heater is defective, so frost accumulates on the evaporator coils, and the coils will become plugged with frost causing the airflow through the coils to be restricted, and the refrigerator not to cool. Check the evaporator coils to determine if they are frosted over. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, test each component of the defrost system after clearing any restrictions to the cooling fan and defrosting with a hair dryer.
Cause 2
The evaporator fan motor draws cold air over the evaporator coils and circulates it throughout the freezer. If the evaporator fan is not working, the freezer or refrigerator will not cool adequately. To determine if the evaporator fan motor is defective, try turning the fan blade by hand. If the fan blade does not turn freely, bench test it for function and use a multimeter to test the motor windings for continuity. If the windings do not have continuity, (very odd) replace the evaporator fan motor.
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Damper Control Assembly The air damper control opens and closes to let the proper amount of cold air into the refrigerator compartment. If the damper does not open properly, it won't let enough cold air into the refrigerator. Check the damper control to determine if it is broken or stuck closed or that an inadvertent bump has shut it off to the refrigerator compartment

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