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The freezer on the inside bottom gets glowing red, hot, adn water drips on it and it sizzles. Is this dangerous? Is it fixable?

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  • James Bradburn
    James Bradburn May 11, 2010

    what is gettin red hot? is it a part or wires?

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This is the defrost cycle and is nothing ot worry about. the unit has a heater that comes on about every 8-12 hours to melt accumulated frost from the evap coils. this heater is alot like the coils on yous stove. it should stop heating within 30 mins and resume cooling shortly afte that. thx peyton

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

  • peyton thompson
    peyton thompson Feb 08, 2009

    sorry it took so long to get back to you. what you are seeing is the heating element for the defroster. its alot like the bake element in your stove. this is tatally normal ocurence and it will happen sometimes twice a day. another thing that you will notice is what soounds like water running when its in defrost as well. thanks again peyton

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