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Freezer icing over fan

Once a month my freezer ices up around the fan and I have to unplug the freezer for 24 hours, how can stop the freezer from icing around the fan?

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Re: Freezer icing over fan

Check the defrost timer first and then if that is ok check the defrost heaters and the firmisters on the evaperator 1 or all of the above will be faulty good luck

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Re: Freezer icing over fan

Check the water spout comeing into ice maker and see if water is leaking out or spilling over

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Hi there

These units are called frost free, however in my experience they are some of the time but not all. It is likely that the freezer has built up some ice around the coil and the fan, try the following.

1. Empty the fridge and freezer and store the food elsewhere.
2. Switch off and unplug the unit and leave for 24 to 36 hours with the doors held slightly open. You may get quite a lot of water on the floor, you just need to mop it up, this is normal.
3. Wipe out the inside of both sides to leave them clean and dry.
4. Plug in and switch on, wait around 4 hours.The noise should have stopped, if not it is the fan.
5. Re stock the unit it should be OK.
6. If the problem re-occurs within a few days then there is another possibility that is causing this problem and that is there may be a fault with the defrost system. Possibly the timer, the termination switch or the heater.
7. If the problem goes away for several months then the ongoing solution is to repeat the above steps.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

The noise that stops when you open the door is the evaporator fan. If it sounds like blades striking something there is most likely too much ice in the evaporator coils and the fan blades are striking the built up ice. If it sounds like a vibration it can be bad bearings inthe evaporatof fan motor.

Ice build up is usually a sign of an automatic defrost circuit problem. The unit should defrost close to 3 times a day depending on the defrost control installed. What you should do is do a manual defrost session by unplugging the unit, removing the freezer contents and directing a fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours. This will ensure that all of the evaporator coil ice has melted. (Yes it makes a water mess) Tidy things up and return the unit to normal service after your manual defrost session. NOTE: If you have an automatic defrosting problem the fan noise can repeat in as little as 2 days as the ice once again builds up on the evaporator coils.

DO the manual defrost, LISTEN for noise after 24 - 48 hours. No noise... no worries, NOISE after 24 - 48 hours = Defrost problem. Causes of a defrost problem can be the defrost control, defrost heating element, the defrost thermostat or a wiring problem.

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