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Freezer seems to stay in auto defrost too long.

2 year old top freezer GE model GTH22SBSARSS. Freezer will warm up, melting everything inside. After awhile it will return to 0 degrees. It keeps doing this. I'm not sure about the timing because it's in my rental house and I'm not there to monitor it. There is a slight rattling sound at times. I changed the defrost thermostat and it didn't fix the problem. I just ordered a temperture sensor and defroster heater assembly. I don't think this model has a timer. I'ld like a little better understanding of whats going on. The last time this happened the refrigerator warmed up also, although previously the fridge seemed alright, (or maybe my tenants didn't notice, I don't know). Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017


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Your freezer is probably not sealing prolly. make sure the door is perfectly lined with the box. You might want to change the defrost timer from the 10hr you have to a 6 hr timer. In high humidity areas too much frost tends to accumulate causing the vents, and the drain line to be clogged. That might be why you have the puddle of water. The ice that is defrosted every 10 hrs runs down that drain line to a pan on top of the compressor, if that line freezes up, all subsequent water from defrost ends up in the refrigerator or freezes in the freezer.

Posted on Mar 08, 2008

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I'm having the same problem with a Haier Model HTE18WAAWW.

Water is dripping into refrigerator section from the freezer section. Eventually, refrigerator section was not cooling adequately. Freezer was freezing, but there was eventually ice crystals inside similar to hoarfrost. (See Google images for hoarfrost if you're not sure what hoarfrost is.)

I turned off and unplugged unit for several hours while I removed the floor pan and internal back panel in the freezer. There was ice built up in the evaporator drain pan that was blocking the air flow of cold air from the evaporator into the refrigerator. I melted the ice with a hair drier plugged into a GFI outlet for safety.

I dried everything off. I could not find evidence of water going down the condensate drain tube below the evaporator to the condensate drain sitting on top of the compressor. I tried running a coat hanger down the drain line to no avail. I poured hot water down the condensate drain line to no avail. I put everything back together. Works fine as far as cooling and freezing, but water is still dripping into the refrigerator.

I think the defrosters are okay unless the heater strip below the evaporator is burned out. I base this on the fact that there is no condensate around the door gaskets even though the temperature in the house is hot and humid. I may have to Ohm that heater out. I'm thinking the drain line is clogged for the condensate drain. It may need longer defrosting.

If longer defrosting don't work, I'm thinking I need to rethink how to clean out the condensate drain line. Maybe low pressure compressed air???

Posted on Aug 16, 2008

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Probably not. Newer (and I mean under 15 years old or so) refrigerators may run more % of the time than older units, but are using far less energy while running, so total energy consumption is actually less. The newest energy star models often use less electricity than a single incandescent light bulb uses if left on 24/7. If your run times are noticeably longer just recently, and there have been no other significant changes to account for it (like more and / or longer door openings or a warmer ambient temp., etc.) then you may have caught a defrost problem or bad door gasket problem early. The warm temp on the outer case near the freezer is to prevent condensation from forming in those areas, and is normal. (as a matter of fact, older refrigs often used low wattage electric heaters for that task, almost all newer units use waste heat from the cooling system to accomplish that task) Please don't bother rating this solution, as anything but a Fix-Ya lowers my overall score. Thanks.

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you need a repair have a defrost problem and your drain is clogged.

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