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Coils ice up/over

The coils in the back of my freezer ice up every week or so causing the fridge and freezer to stop getting cold. I've had to manually remove frost from the freezer coils by plugging up my wifes hair dryer and defrosting/de-icing the coils. What is the problem?

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I can think of three reasons why your freezer would be icing over. One reason may be that you have a low charge of refrigerant. The lower pressure that your freezer is operating has resulted in a lower temperature refrigerant being circulated. Another reason, if you have forced air circulation, is that one of your evaporator fans have gone out. The third reason I can think of is that your door does not have a good seal and moister is condensing, then freezing near the coils.

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If the heating device never comes on, or becomes inoperative, the frost will slowly continue to collect on the evaporator coils until it becomes a solid block of ice. This now greatly reduces the ability of the evaporator fan to blow the cold air around the coils throughout the freezer and the rest of the fridge. The ice built up around the evaporator coils will still provide some cold, but will significantly prevent the fridge from operating properly.

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