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Build up of ice in bottom of freezer compartment

HCA390FFK freezer bottom filled with ice any idea what problem is?

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During the defrost cycle heaters in the wall of the freezer are turned on to melt the frost build up. This melted frost "water" is supposed to run out a drain in the bottom of the freezer and collect in a pan under the refrigerator/freezer where it will eventually evaporate. If this drain is blocked it will cause a lot of water to collect in the bottom of the freezer and that water will eventually turn back into ice. I recommend defrosting the freezer manually, removing all the ice/water buildup in the bottom, and trying to unplug the drain line to the pan underneath. Also check the seal on the freezer door. If it's not sealing well it could be letting a lot of moisture enter the freezer which would lead to more frost buildup and more water during the defrost cycle.

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Why is there so many faults with the hoover hca 39fa and all the problems seam to be the same I also have this so called frost free fridge freezer yet I keep getting big chunks of ice behind my salad boxes .can you also explain how I would be able to tell if the hose at the back is connected .has this fridge freezer been discontinued

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
First off if you have an ice maker this sheeting of ice is most often caused by the ice maker inlet water valve bypassing water when it supposed to be shut off. You can check for ice in the rubber tube that fills the ice maker. If it is frozen hard with ice most likely you have an inlet water valve failure. The valve is not repairable. The only remedy is to replace it.

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After all of the above reassemble the rear fiberboard cover, wipe up any water mess in the freezer compartment and return the unit to normal use.

Since you did not include a model number I am unable to provide you with an exact reference source for the inlet water valve. You can however use the following sites and enter your model number for parts information:

http://www.searspartsdirect.com

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