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Ice/frost accumulation around fan (behind panels in freeze)

This appears to be an epidemic problem judging from the comments on the web. I had the frig for 2 years before the fan started hitting the ice accumulation and making noise. Is there a permanent fix for this problem?

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  • Anonymous Nov 05, 2007

    Yeah mine is freezing soda cans to the point they pop. I had set it at 46F the highest temp. still to no avail. I called samsung support and they immediately start accusing me of not putting things where they belong and overloading before I could tell them I do not stuff the fridge. I keep only 2 weeks of food in the fridge and empty every 2 weeks before shopping, leaving 1/3 empty. They refused to send a tech to repair it. I told them I will just buy a GE, Maytag or anything else, never to buy another samsung product.



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You've probably found the answer long ago, but just in case - we had the same problem, Samsung have a replacement interior panel and fan assembly which addresses the problem. Our was replaced under warranty, and the problem has gone away. I think the new panel has some kind of heater strip to prevent ice accumulation.

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Posted on Oct 23, 2007


There are 2 fixes -ALWAYS PULL THE PLUG WHEN DOING ANY REFRIGERATOR CLEAN-UP . The light bulb can melt the plastic of your refrigerator if left on for more than 5 minutes.
#1,PULL THE PLUG FROM THE WALL and leave the doors standing open, let the refrigerator defrost then wipe all the mositure out. This should take all morning. Be careful to put towels or whatever rags around the refrigerator as the ice melting in the refrigerator will probably overflow the drip pan and flood your floor. I take mine out on the porch. After the refrigerator is cleaned of ice and whatever spillage, plug it back in and run normally. If this happens again take the defrost timer to an appliance shop and ask them to test it. If you have a repair manual for your refrigerator follow the dircetions on testing the defrost timer. Usualy a refrigerator freezes-up due to an above average amount of moisture. This can be caused by open bottles of anything which includes water,soda,beer,warm food from the market or from the table or just leaving the door open to long or opening and closing to many times, this happens in most households with teenagers who open the door every 20 minutes or so. If the problem continues and you are sure is is not the above, it is probably #2, There are heaters in most refrigerators, some are metal like the bake element in and electric range or some are glass and have broken by the pressure of the ice. I caution you that  to check this yourself might be dangerous and troublesome as you have to remove the back panels inside the freezer compartment. (above all when doing anything like this, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PULLED THE PLUG)!!!. You can only check them with an Ohm-meter. I would suggest you call an appliance repair shop to check this out as there are usually 3 heaters in the freezer compartment, if one of them is broken or burnt out then the othe 2 elements will not work. Some models do not have heaters but reversable compressors. Check your Repair Manual for this to be sure.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007

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