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Food is unthawing

Ice built up in the back of the freezer, sounds like something inside is constantly running, food is slowly unthawing. What could be the cause of this?

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Cmax,

The cause of this is the evaporator thermister. Sounds daunting, doesn't it? It's not. See? This is an electronic component that connects to the main computer and is used to monitor the temperature of the evaporator during the defrost cycle. When it fails, the main computer simply doesn't go into its' defrost cycle. Then you'll see frost build up on the rear panel inside the freezer, your beer compartment will get warm and the fan inside the freezer will run constantly (ahhh!).

The repair is cheap. Seriously cheap (and easy, too!) It'll take me longer to type out the repair thn it would if I'd actually DONE the repair (I type slow). Take a gander at the full size diagram of your fridge's evaporator (freezer) section here. You'll be replacing # 243... it's located at the top of the coils on the left.

You'll need;
Phillips screwdriver
A towel (maybe)
Hair dryer
Wire cutters
Wire strippers
2 Wire nuts (small blue ones) <--- all of this is found at a local hardware store (except for the towel. Unless it's a "shop" towel)

Pull all the frozen stuff outta the freezer and remove the shelves and the basket at the bottom. Now remove the back panel. You'll probably see a huge block of ice now. Your jaw will most likely drop and you'll feel like freaking out..... don't. Grab the hair dryer and melt all of that outta there. (NOTE---> WHEN DOING THIS, KEEP THE DRYER IN MOTION. IF YOU DON'T, YOU RISK WARPING THE PLASTIC INNER LINER)

Now that all the frost is gone, look at the top left of the aluminum coils. You'll see the thermister clipped to one of the tubes (it's the only thing there that has 2 white wires going to it). Remember where it's clipped, then unclip it. Cut the wires close to the base of the thermister, keep the clip. Now seperate the 2 white wires and strip them back about 3/8". Now take your new thermister and install it.

Take one of your newly stripped wires and twist it together to one of the new thermister wires and cap it off with one of the blue wire nuts. Do the same with the next wire. Now take the clip that you saved from the old thermister and place it on the new one and clip it back onto the same tube the old thermister came from.

All you gotta do now is rebuild it all.

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Did you figure it out?i just saw this question,before you go into alot of work like others suggested,completely defrost the freezer,open the doors and shut it off overnight,put towels on the floor to catch the water as there will be lots,the freezer HAS to be completely thawed in order to start the process of fixing it,i dont believe its a computer problem just yet,have you filled the freezer too full for a long period of time?The back vents have to be clear for the cold air to blow around and if it cant then the thermostat says its not cold enough and makes the compressor run continuously.ive seen this multiple times with any refridgerator at the apt building we own and the tenants always packs them too full not knowing the correct way to use them.yes the newer ones have computers,its possible it could be bad,but there is more to it than that,there also is a defrost tube for frost free refridgerators in the back wall that automaticaly warms up the freezer at cycles to keep them from frosting up,that part is about $30.00..the sound you hear is probably the fan constantly running trying to cool the refridgerator,its actually in the freezer behind the back wall

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Sounds like ice is blocking air flow -- totally defrost freezer.

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