Question about Refrigerators
We have a 1990 model Kenmore side by side, bought new. Last year, we had a frozen defrost drain line fixed due to the icemaker not filling, and the fridge being warm. Freezer has always worked. A Sears repairman "fixed" the problem (at a ridiculous cost, with no guarantee), but the icemaker NEVER again worked. We also replaced the seal. Now there is a "fuzzy" ice on the back wall of the freezer, and again, we are dealing with a warm fridge. I cleaned the ice buildup yesterday, but it is already starting back. Is this a failed defrost system, plugged defrost drain line, or what? Is it worth fixing this again, or should we shoot the dang thing. Never had any problems until last year. I really don't want a fridge for my Christmas gift....... Thanks.
"Fuzzy Ice on the back wall" yep, this sounds like a defrost system problem. You say you cleaned this fuzzy ice but, the real ice is behind that wall. I would get it fixed but call several service people and get a price. My guess is that once the defrost system is working then the Ice maker will work. If the freezer is not getting cold enough then the Ice maker won't work.
Now, the drain can cause a problem too but this is an easy fix. Pull out the bottom drawer in the freezer, look in the back under the cooling coils and you should see the drain hole. Keep this area clear of Ice and any thing else. Some tubing with a little air pressure will usually clear any blockage. A little hot water down that drain won't hurt. The water should drain to the a plastic pan under the Ref. Take the front grate off at the bottom of the Ref, look in the pan to make sure it went through.
This should be checked often, once a month or so.
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