I have this problem, can fix it, but does my freezer keep freezing up, I have too manually unfreeze it then afterwards it works good for about 2 to 3 weeks then I have to do it again. The heater cord looks okay, but still how can I check it to find out if it's bad, my freezer is just about 6 years old.
The ice crystals are caused by the water droplets not refreezing after defrost. Normally in good quality freezers (not Turbo Air Maximum) there is a device that delays evaporator fan operation until the remaining liquid on the coil is refrozen. Normally the coil temperature must reach 25 degrees before the fans will start. The electronic devices that are rampant in the industry are supposed to take care of this, but are regularily unreliable.
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It was the fan at the top of the freezer that had stopped working after 3 years, therefore the freezing air wasn't getting to the top of the freezer. From the inside, unscrew light unit and unclip, pop out two circular discs at top and unscrew one screw. Unscrew 2 more screws and prise the back panel off. (Arrows mark the clips). Pull off fan, take out motor, replace (keeping rubber bits) and push back fan with a bit of nail varnish on spindle. Put everything back together. Turn on, depress door light switch and after 30 seconds fan should rotate. You can buy a fan on eBay or from www.4daewoo.co.uk for about 40 pounds.
There are numerous methods to defrost freezers, from placing buckets of hot water inside to using hair blowers. I like to unplug freezer, unload freezer, use a plastic putty knife to scrape excess frost off walls if in a bit of a hurry, and to let it just thaw out, using the drain port in the bottom of the freezer, hooked up to the garden hose adapter that came with the freezer to run the water to a drain.
The chest freezers are a bit more reliable than an upright (in my opinion) and are more energy efficient, but do make it harder to find and organize items in the freezer. FYI: Virtually any brand name freezer on the market in the US was built by either Frigidaire in St. Cloud, MN, W.C. Woods Co., from Canada, or Haier Co. in China.
Move the refrigerator to a room that is at least 50 degrees F.
Temps on most refrigerators are regulated by the fresh foods temp. If your garage is let's say 35 degrees, the fresh foods temp will most likely never raise enough to turn the refrigerator on. With the refrigerator never running, the freezer compartment will warm to 35 degrees, resulting in everything melting. Even if garage is a bit warmer, say 45, the refrig will not run long enough for the freezer to maintain a low enough temperture. If the garage temp falls to below freezing, say 20 degrees, the food in the fresh foods compartment will freeze. (outdoor beverage dispensers have internal heaters to prevent product from freezing !) Please don't rate this if not a Fix-Ya for you, as anything else lowers my score.
Sounds like bad cold control. Replace it. I cannot see your repyl due to some tech issue w/ the site, so it may be a day or so before I can reply again. Please leave feedback for me if appropriate. Thanks
most domestic freezers do not have a defrost control. .90 percent of them freeze and every few years enough ice builds up that you have to unload and manually defrost them. so what is probably happening is the stat is sticking in hte off position and not recognizing the call for cool when the temp gets up. if you catch it off and thawed try tapping the stat gently after the temp is getting way warm. if the box comes on and starts freezing again then the stat is sticking in the off cycle and needs to be replaced. usually under 75 dollars and fairly easy. two wires connect in any order.the stat itself has no in and out requirements. power in and power out when it closes. there may be a ground wire usually green and smaller connector attached to some newer stats. look close and you can see the difference. usually the voltage connections are next to each other and the ground is off to the side or end. stat is usually behind a plastic cover inside the freezer. good luck, disconnect power when you change stat of course.