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Freezer too warm, and i feel heat on the door seals

Freezer gets cold but won't freeze. I notice that the door seals are hot. We've had to defrost this freezer once, about three years ago. I did leave it off for 24 hours last week then restarted it. It seemed to work for a few days.

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The door seals warm is from the mullion heater that minimizes moisture from forming in that area, under working conditions. You need to provide more information.... What did you see that made you defrost it 3 weeks ago..

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

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  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    It would be helpful to know.. Could you tell if it sounded like it was running? or was is silent ?

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    Check to see, if you can hear any noise at all when you open and close either the Freezer or Refrig. Door... if the lights are on when you open either door, you'll know you have electricity. If there is no sound at all, the first thing I would at is the Cold Control if it's an older model, sometimes, when it reaches temperature, and cycles "off", it won't cycle back on.

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    Make sure, the lights are not remaining "on" when you close both doors, it's a simple problem that happens, a lot of tech's overlook.

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    2 weeks ago, my brother-in-law, called .. that was his problem - Saved myself 3 a three hour drive and hearing what was new.....saved myself 3 hrs of

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    If you can hear the Freezer fan going on and off, place something down on your (unless my customer's have a tile floor, I will not attempt to pull or slide any Unit out without some type of protection down in front where my next step, is finding out, if the Condenser Fan motor is working or not.

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    I can't tell you how many times, a piece of paper, or a mouse, will jam the blade from turning, (that condition will on side-by-side Refers, cause those gaskets you mentioned to get "hot" .. Keep that in the back of your head, it could be a "Clue". most units use 1/4" nut driver. once pulled out, resting on Floor Protector, ( use two thin hard plastic pieces about 8" wide and 36'' in length) tilting by pushing the top upward, and slide the protection under the front rollers... that allows you to manipulate and gain access to the backside without damaging Cabinets, Flooring, or your back .and pulling the unit out to access finding out, IIt would be the easiest thing for someone who doesn't do this for a living,

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    I can't tell you how many times, a piece of paper, or a mouse, will jam the blade from turning, (that condition will on side-by-side Refers, cause those gaskets you mentioned to get "hot" .. Keep that in the back of your head, it could be a "Clue". most units use 1/4" nut driver. once pulled out, resting on Floor Protector, ( use two thin hard plastic pieces about 8" wide and 36'' in length) tilting by pushing the top upward, and slide the protection under the front rollers... that allows you to manipulate and gain access to the backside without damaging Cabinets, Flooring, or your back .and pulling the unit out to access finding out, IIt would be the easiest thing for someone who doesn't do this for a living,

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    If fans are working, compressor is running, lights are going "Off" when doors close, if your compressor is extremely warm, that you can't hold your hand on it, check your manufactures warranty date, for the seal system , you'll probably need a new Compressor. If it's a bearing problem, you will generally hear loader "Pitch" than what you remember hearing.

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    More common, if fans working etc. would be a failure in the Defrost system where one of 3 components have malfunctioned. When foods are stored, heat comes out of the foods in the form of moisture, that moisture forms the frost that builds up in the Freezer section of every refrigerator ever built. The build up of ice will restrict the air from circulating properly where the complaint I would likely hear in the early stages,would be, the freezer is working, fine, it's the refrigerator side, that's not working right. That's usually indicitive

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    you have a Defrost problem.. What I have stated here, would be the same technique used when I started in this business in 1977 . It does not matter who name is on it, which door opens what compartment the basics are all the same.

  • Dean Collis Nov 28, 2013

    Some brands can have the Ice maker effect cooling, check yours by touching.. if it's hot , unplug .. some brands stalled and would keep a heater used to dislodge cubes to allow unit to cycle ice, - Remember to unplug your Refrig. before attempting to replace components, if you determine what your problem is... just to be safe.. I hope this will be helpful to you and anyone else who can use this to their advantage . Good luck... DmC

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Totally Unreasonable if you don't mind me saying so. The person who told you that story was thinking of an absorption unit more than likely.

Your proble is related to the defrost system of your refrigerator. There is a timer that automatically starts the defrost. It energizes the heaters that defrost the cooling coil. After the coil reaches a preset temperature a defrost terminator turns the heater off for the remaining time on the timer cycle. You could have a bad timer (stalled) which would not start the defrost. Locate the timer and turn the clutch head screw clockwise very SLOWLY until you hear one audible click. The defrost should take place and will be indicated by water in the drain pan under the refrigerator. If after 25 minutes it does not restart in the cooling mode turn the screw once again to the second click and replace the timer.

If the refrigerator restarts after 18-22 minutes and defrost does not take place your problem is in the heater circuit. Open heater or thermostat (termination switch)

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