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Freezer FFU17M8GW ices up and then defrosts

Replaced the door gasket but still have the problem

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  • Karen Dec 06, 2012

    The freezer is not a self defrost model. It is a manual defrost. It is jjust a freezer no refrigerator. I have defrosted it only to find in less than a week it totally ices up again and then starts to defrost on its on and lose all my frozen food.


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You need to defrost the freezer. By the door being ajar, there was excessive ice build up on the coil that was not removed during a system defrost resulting in a blocked coil. This caused the temperature to rise in the freezer above twelve degrees that is why the ice maker stopped.

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SOURCE: Ice buildup around freezer door seal.

Hi, Check and see if the gasket is leaking any where. Also check and see if the door to you ice dispenser is closing. Ice/frost only builds up around the door hen there is an air leak.
I hope this helps you. Please let me know if I can assist you further,


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