Re: The bottom of my Vicking freezer keeps getting Ice...
You need to remove the plastic tube that the water goes through . then take small saw and cut the flat part of the tube completely off . then slide the the plastic tube back in the bottom of freezer . apply a bead of silicone around the top of the plastic pipe (where you cut of the flat piece) so that the water does go into the insulation. whats happening - that flat piece sits up about a 16" too high at times and this causes a small pooling of water that becomes worse over time.... if you still continue with this problem take a short piece of 16 gauge wire wrap it around the calrod defrost heater a few times and insert the rest in your drain hole. this will heatupeverytime a defrost occurs . which then melts the ice
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Hello Paola! If your refrigerator is frost free, that is an indication the ice build up is caused by a failure for your defrost circuit. This circuit is made up of a defrost heater, defrost thermostat (both in freezer section behind the inner shield) and either a defrost timer (if your unit is older than 5 years) or the control board if younger. If you take off the shield in the freezer and the evaporator coil is coated in ice that is probably the cause. To check, defrost the unit by unplugging, and then use a hair dryer or heat gun to defrost all the ice off. NOTE: Be ready to deal with the massive amount of water from this defrost or you will have a mess. IF I am right, the refrigerator will start working normally for 2-3 weeks (depending on your humidity it could be shorter). Then you will get another ice build up and it will do the same thing.
We have the same and I think it is because the freezer door bounces open when we shut the fridge door. Then the freezer compartment ices up, the fan clogs up with ice and cannot blow cold air into the fridge, and the fridge gets warm and the milk goes off.
Solution? We have bought one of those child safety clips (search for fridge safety clip or lock) to hold the freezer door closed.
Simple design error. Expected better from Bosch :-(
Possibly the defrost element is faulty, this is located behind a cover in the back of the freezer compartment and is attached to the fins of the evaporator. It also has a defrost limit thermostat which could also be the problem. I presume that the fan is working after you have defrosted the unit?
From your comment.
It's not that you have to defrost the parts, that's what they're called. "defrost timer", "defrost t-stat" and "heat element". Defrosting the whole fridge for a few days actually will clear the ice blockage if that's it but it will return in a couple weeks if the "defrost cycle" isn't doing its thing. A fridge typically goes into some form of "defrost cycle" to keep it "frost free". As an example, every 12 hours the compressor turns off and the evap. fan turns off then a heat element turns on to melt the light coating of ice on the "cooling coils". Once about 1/2 hour goes by the heating turns off and the cooling turns back on again. This repeats over and over to keep the ice from building up too much. If that cycle is broken, the ice will build and build till the whole coil is a block of ice. Then the air can't flow around it to provide cold air for the whole unit. It acts basically like putting a large block of ice in the freezer and keeping the doors closed... without a fan to move the cold air only the very lower portion of the freezer is cold, the rest is warm.