Question about Hotpoint HSS25IFMCC / HSS25IFMWW Side by Side Refrigerator
I have a hotpoint side by side fridge 12 yrs old and when I open the freezer I can see a red glowing light at the back side of the freezer. Also I can hear water sizzling as it drips. I took the back panel off and it looks like the glass tube, defrost heater, is very hot and the frost is melting causing it to drip onto the bulb. The next morning the freezer coils were all frosty again it all seemed okay. The next evening the same thing happened agai. Is this normal, is this safe? My husband works graveyard and I am alone with a 2yr old at night, I'm afraid it might cause a fire. Can it be fixed or do I need a new fridge? Thanks Krissie
red glow in back of freezer seems to be too hot.... is this a fire hazard or just the normal defrost activity?
Either the repair guy did not wire up the heater correctly or he replaced the wrong part, if the heater was good it was likley to be the defrost thermostat...I would call the repair guy back to check.
Posted on Jun 23, 2009
The evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.
Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help. Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the back of the freezer.
Posted on Jul 12, 2010
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You just caught it is the defrost mode...nothing to worry about, it will do that for a few minutes to a half hour and then go back to cooling again.
Posted on Apr 17, 2011
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