24-year old refrigerator forms ice in refrigerator portion.
Kenmore, model # 106.8134311 or that series. Not frost-free. Original in my mobile home. There's a drip-director tray along the back wall of the 'fridge that has begun to form mini-ice bergs. Food also freezes in the refrigerator portion. I keep freezer defrosted, and have vacuumed coils, etc. I tried to remove the ferrule-capped drain cover to flush out the tube connecting to the evaporating tray, but don't know how to remove. I thought maybe the tube was clogged.
More ideas on what to try? Abandon hope & buy new?
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Hello. I don't know how big the drain is but you can try putting some baking soda and vinegar down the drain. Sometimes this will clear the drain due to the foaming action. You also might be able to go to a hardware store and they will sometimes have a special kit for clearing drains that has a small pressurized tank with special fittings. You will do better at finding these at an appliance parts store if you have access to one. You can try taking the back panel off and usually the drain tube drains into a pan. This is usually on frost free units though. You can also try carefully running a coat hanger through the drain. The best way is to blast it out like I do with a special tip on a refrigerant charging hose connected to a high pressure tank. I know you don't have this but I am mentioning it because the previous suggestions only work some of the time on certain types of drain.
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Sounds like one of two problems. Either the fan motor that pushes the cold air from the freezer is not turning (Burned out) or stuck with ice because of an incomplete defrost of frost. Check to make sure the fan is running (any time the fridge is running) if not remove the panel in the freezer and see if there is abuild up of frost or ice around the fan. If you are not comfortable with removing the panel let it defrost with unit unplugged for a 24 hrs with the doors open and try again.
Is it forming ice or frost? It sounds like an automatic defrost problem. If the freezer frosts up it won't circulate enough air up to the fresh food compartment. Try defrosting it manually for 24 hours by shutting it down and leaving the freezer door open. Afterwards, if it resumes normal operation I would bet that there is something faulty in the defrost circuit, i.e., defrost heater not working or defrost control.
More than likely your freezer has a ice block in it it will have a lot of frost on the inside of the freezer. This ice block is usually caused by a bad timer or a bad heating element in the freezer. The timer kicks in a timed cycle to turn on the heating element and a hi heat limit keeps it from getting to hot just hot enough to melt any frost and ice. (thats how we have frost free fridges now)
The only reason is because the advent of the home refrigerator was a design that incorporated a "freezer section" that actually cooled the entire box. This design was expanded on to add fans for air flow and eventually a defrost circuit to make the first "frost free" models. Now today top freezer models actually only make up a very small portion of the retail industry with bottom freezer models being one of the biggest sellers followed by side by side models and lastly the good old top freezer models.
I you might have a defrost problem. Frost free models have a heating element that is controlled by a timer to automatically defrost ice, defrost timer turns on defrost heating element every 12 hours to melt ice in freezer and allow good air flow. You can test defrost element with an ohm meter(located inside freezer coils-will have two wires going to a plug connection), if OK replace defrost timer (located in various places depending on make and model
If freezer is icing up, you might have a defrost problem. Frost free models have a heating element that is controlled by a timer to automatically defrost ice, ie defrost timer turns on defrost heating element every 12 hours to melt ice in freezer and allow good air flow. You can test defrost element with an ohm meter(located inside freezer coils-will have two wires going to a plug connection), if OK replace defrost timer (located in various places depending on make and model
It sounds like your defrost control timer is working, but your defrost heater is most likely burnt out. It is a part number
and is located behind the back wall inside the freezer. Turning the refrig off for 24 hours helped melt some of the accumulated frost, but not all. You will have to take that back cover off inside the freezer and melt all the frost with a hair blower, replace the defrost heater and reassemble.
er if means the ice fan is not running. it blows freezing air into the ice maker compartment from the freezer. unplug the refer for 24. these are susceptible to frost or ice forming in the blade of the fan and prevents it from spinning. unplugging it will let it thaw. ice is a big problem with this model.
The presence of frost indicates that the dispenser(ice) probrably isn't
closing all the way once you get ice. This allows warm air to rise up,
condense and form frost. In all likelihood the solenoid that controls
the opening and closing is bad and needs to be replaced.