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Evaporator problem on refrigerator

Ice on the cap tube and liquid line entering the evaporator, the fridge is not getting very cold

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    John Tripp May 11, 2010

    Can you look and see exactly what model your refrigerator is? I will assume that it is the Whirlpool Top freezer with Ice Magic but if its not that model it will get us both on the wrong track. I believe like most models there is a defrost problem or fan not circulating air inside correctly to take the heat out of your freezer and refrigerator sections. Now I'm going to look up that number above your post will you let me know the temperature inside the freezer? Is air moving well, have you looked at the evaporator coil and if yes what did you see? seabreezehvac@yahoo.com

    If no ice on evaporator and continuous run may have different problem, my-site..I will be here to help and our site offers free help and advice, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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If you have a gas leak then you find the liquid boil off very early in the evaporator only, there should be no visible frosting until after the end of the capillary

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Water dripping from freezer into refrigerator. Leaking from cold air chase that comes from freezer to refrigerator. Drain line is clear. Leaks more if using ice maker.


Freezer /fridge water/ice in fridge and or freezer

Usually due to CONDENSATION due to bad door seals or a plugged evaporator drain line? Can use a soft flexable tubing and very hot water to clean it out. Bad door seals usually need replacement, but u can use a blow dryer and something to pry it closer to the door wall while blowing hot air on to it. To create a seal, to test for bad door seals place a dollar bill in between the door and wall of fridge where it closes. Then slide out the dollar bill with door closed. It should offer some resistance and not be easy to pull out.
Most all fridges have a drain. Look inside your fridge for a "V" shaped channel with a small hole. This hole leads to a tube and a small pan which sits on top of your refrigerator's compressor. The defrost cycle causes water to run into the channel, down the tube, and then it generally evaporates with the heat of the hot condenser/compressor.
However, if that tube is clogged with food crumbs, particles , debris etc, you will have to clear it to get back to a normal mode of operation. A toothpick, pipecleaner, straw or a cotton bud can often do the trick.
Even a frost free freezer will still ice up at times in the areas away from the heated defrost area and the drain line can freeze. This icing causes the pipe work to the compressor to ice over or sweat and cause a puddle. Or if the drainage has frozen over, it will need to be de-iced. ( usually the line is under the freezer bottom plate covering. Towards the back of the unit) And there is another inside the fridge area also.
Give the freezer a good overnight defrost until it's totally clear of ice in addition to making sure the drain is clear to the pan at the back and then restart the freezer.

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LEAKING WATER UNDER CRISPERS, NOT COLD


Freezer /fridge water/ice in fridge and or freezer

Usually due to CONDENSATION due to bad door seals or a plugged evaporator drain line? Can use a soft flexable tubing and very hot water to clean it out. Bad door seals usually need replacement, but u can use a blow dryer and something to pry it closer to the door wall while blowing hot air on to it. To create a seal, to test for bad door seals place a dollar bill in between the door and wall of fridge where it closes. Then slide out the dollar bill with door closed. It should offer some resistance and not be easy to pull out.
Most all fridges have a drain. Look inside your fridge for a "V" shaped channel with a small hole. This hole leads to a tube and a small pan which sits on top of your refrigerator's compressor. The defrost cycle causes water to run into the channel, down the tube, and then it generally evaporates with the heat of the hot condenser/compressor.
However, if that tube is clogged with food crumbs, particles , debris etc, you will have to clear it to get back to a normal mode of operation. A toothpick, pipecleaner, straw or a cotton bud can often do the trick.
Even a frost free freezer will still ice up at times in the areas away from the heated defrost area and the drain line can freeze. This icing causes the pipe work to the compressor to ice over or sweat and cause a puddle. Or if the drainage has frozen over, it will need to be de-iced. ( usually the line is under the freezer bottom plate covering. Towards the back of the unit) And there is another inside the fridge area also.
Give the freezer a good overnight defrost until it's totally clear of ice in addition to making sure the drain is clear to the pan at the back and then restart the freezer.

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Your cooling comes from the freezer side through cooling tubes to the refrigerator side.

The first thing is to make sure that the evaporator fan is working, because that will blow the cold air into the refrigerator side. If it is working then you probably have an ice build up around the evaporator. You will need to remove the inner rear panel of the freezer to check it.

If there is a lot of ice on the evaporator fins then your defrost circuit is not working. But if you manually defrost the freezer (a hair dryer will speed it up) and make sure the cooling tubes are clean of ice (can feel the air from the hair dryer on refrigerator side) then you will have anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before the ice build up returns.

So you should troubleshoot your defrost circuit and get the parts on order to be ready for the next time.

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Very unusual for a household fridge, but ice build up on the lp side(suction) normally indicates to much charge (gas) in system or if compressor starts to become less efficient, valves dont seat 100% which causes a liquid build up on the line. If the evaporator fan motor stops, this can also create that problem.(assuming the fridge wasnt cooling properly). Many occasions when a new compressor is installed, the technician might put a little to much charge in by mistake. Normally a machine puts in an exact amount that has been dialed in.

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Good day,
Unusual question.
Lots of reasons. You didn't say if it was cooling or cycling off and on.
1. Evaporator fan motor in freezer compartment not running. Doesn't allow the refrigerant to boil off and returns as a liquid.
2. Evaporator coil badly frosted allowing no air flow thru it. Same as #1
3. Runs constantly (days). no demand on system, and once again will not boil off before leaving evaporator.
4. Overcharged. Floods back excess charge.
5. Heat exchanger came apart. The capillary tube is soldered to the suction line to transfer heat from the cap tube to the suction line. Necessary on a refrigerator. Common problem.

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