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Re: freezer and ice maker stopped working
Hi, Your problem will be fixed for a short time by defrosting the appliance but you really need to know why it is doing this? It could be several reasons for it! The main cause is that the defrost heaters have failed and so it does not deforst enough before it starts feeezing again causing the ice buid up again! Check them with a muti meter just to make sure. Let me know how you get on!
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ice mker may have not been the problem . there are heaters in the back and they may have been causing the smell and if they overheated due to a failed defrost therm. ck for ice build up in back of freezer . this would also cause ice build and a blocked evap coil .. and thus no cold to the fresh food . mm
why did you stop the ice maker? was it not working properly? was it over flowing or leaking? do you have a sheet of ice forming in the ice maker tray? if your ice maker was leaking then your water valve is not shutting off completely and could be leaking down on the food. if this is the case - you need to shut the water line off coming into the refrigerator and replace your water valve.
if it is frost that is forming on your food instead of ice then you should check to see if the refrigerator is defrosting properly. if the refrigerator is not defrosting properly you would also first notice that the refrigerator is not cold enough and then later that the food in the freezer eventually thawing.
1. Remove all of the food from inside the freezer and place it into the ice chest. Use more than one ice chest, if necessary. Cover the food with ice from a 10 lb. bag of ice. Alternatively, place all of the food from your freezer into the refrigerator compartment, packed tightly together.
2. Place one or two 10 lb. bags of ice into one or two large bowls inside the refrigerator compartment to keep the food chilled. Keep the door to the refrigerator tightly closed and avoid opening it during the freezer defrosting process.
3. Unplug the unit and leave the freezer door open.
4. Let the freezer defrost overnight or for at least eight hours.
5. Use the towels to wipe up the melted ice.
6. Plug in a hair dryer and direct it to the interior of the freezer to melt any remaining ice from the walls and door. Be sure to direct it into the vents of the freezer, too.
7. Wipe up any water from ice melted with the hair dryer from inside and around the freezer.
8. Plug the freezer back into the outlet, and return food still solidly frozen to the freezer compartment from the ice chest or refrigerator. Use any thawed foods within a day or two or discard.
The defrost cycle is melting ice that will not go down the drain tube in the rear of the freezer. This can be a clogged tube due to debris, organic growths or ice blocking flow. What doesn't end up dripping into the fridge ends up freezing in the freezer compartment. Make sure the fridge is level or tilted back slightly.
Unplug the fridge from power. Remove the contents of the freezer and remove the ice maker, back wall plate and floor plate in the freezer section. Remove ice build up on the floor and tray in the freezer by thawing and soaking up water. Flush hot water (use a turkey baster to get at it) at the opening of the drain hose that is connected to the tray to thaw any ice.. once flowing to the evapraor tray under the fridge, mix up 1/2 oz of bleach and 4 oz of water and pour down the tube to kill any bacteria.
Reassemble and restock the freezer. Monitor the temperature of the fresh food (34 deg) and freezer (0 deg) compartments. If you notice the temperatures start to climb, there may be a problem with the defrost timer, terminator, etc. and may require a pro's help.
Fastest way is to remove the ice maker tray so that you have an open area where the ice maker filling tube is, then cover your food with a towel or something to help prevent it from thawing while you let refrigerator defrost for about 20 to 30 minutes with a hair drier on warm or a small fan blowing directly on ice maker where the water fill tube or opening is. I does not need to be right next to the ice maker just an unrestricted open area to let it warm sufficiently to thaw it out without thawing out your food in the freezer. A small piece of ice can stop the valve from opening and this can happen if it is not used regularly.
I think you have a defrost problem. Look at the inside lower back panel of your freezer. If I'm correct, you will see ice built up. You can take the panel out, defrost with a blow dryer. (After defrosting you can check your heaters. I'm sure you have a bad heater) You can put panel back in and turn the unit back on. It will run ok for around 3 days, This will give you time to repair or get repaired without loosing you food.
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