Hello, I have a Frigidaire FRS6R4EB7, about 1 month ago my freezer started to accumulate ice inside the freezer. This model is frost free. It then started to defrost. We cleaned the condenser coils but they were not very dirty. We also removed the inside panel of the freezer to discover that the inside coils were frozen, this was not allowing the freezer nor the refrigerator to cool. We allowed it to defrost completely, when starting it back up again it cooled fine, for about a week and then the process started all over again. The fans work and the condenser fan comes on and off. Also its only 1 year and 5 months old. We are very confused.
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Re: freezer refreezing continuously
Yes the defrost system is not functioning properly. You will need a Ohmmeter to properly diagnose it. If you are going to tackle it and need to know what to check, let me know. If so the defrost thermostat (clipped to a freon tube near the top of the coil in the freezer) Should be closed when its below 20deg and open when its 50+deg. Also the heater should have somewhere between 10-20ohms reistance.
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It sounds like the evaporator fan is hitting ice that is built up on the evaporator coil. When it's making the noise, open the freezer door and see if it stops.
(Most models are wired so that the evaporator fan cuts off when the freezer door is open.)
Check the inside back, lower panel of the freezer for ice built up or frost on it. If there is, you have a defrost problem that is most likley a bad heater. It's located around the coil inside the freezer behind the panel you will be looking at. The defrost problem would explain the freezer not freezing ice cream.
IF YOU TAKE THE BACK PANEL OFF INSIDE THE FREEZER YOU WILL FIND A PIECE OF METAL UNDER THE EVAPORATOR COILS IN MIDDLE OF THIS METAL PAN IS A HOLE THAT LEADS THE WATER TO THE BOTTOM OF THE REF FOR EVAPORATION THE HOLE IN THE PAN IS PROBABLY PLUGGED TAKE THE ICE OUT AND CLEAR THER HOLE
Hi, The defrost drain behind the rear freezer panel is plugged. Remove the rear panel and clear the ice away from the drain. Then you will need to flush the drain hole with hot water to make sure it is open. Some models require an after market drain heat kit. Please get me your model # and I can look this up to let you know if you need that heat kit.
What is happening is that there is a drain at the back and bottom of the inside of the freezer area and that drain is clogged with ice (freezer set too cold?) from inside the freezer or dust (you do actually vacuume out those coils once a year right?) from the back of the frigidaire. To fix this issue...
(Total work time about 30 minutes. 60 minutes counting explaining what you are doing to your friend or significant other :)
1. Unplug the frigidaire so you don't zap yourself.
2. take everything out of the freezer, remove the shelfs and un screw the maintenance access panel at the back of the freezer area.
3. You should see a drain area at the bottom of the coils, using a straw or something semi-flexible, snake out that drain from inside the freezer to see if the clog releases. If there is a lot of ice and you cannot even get to the clog, be patient and gently remove the ice - DO NOT DAMAGE the coils!
4. Remove the back access panel to the frigidaire. Viewed from the back, you are looking for the fat black hose coming from above and behind the right side the fan (this is why you unplugged remember?) into the drain tray under the fan. Gently lift up on the hose so it flexes up and toward you so you can snake the hose from this other end too.
*Hint: If you are REALLY nice to your friend or signifigant other, they will gladly pour another dixi cup of water in the drain from inside the freezer so you can see for yourself that the drain is now clear.
5. Now the drain is clear and all your ice cream is melting in your sink. Be sure to reposition that black hose back to where it was in the drain tray so it does not get chopped up by that fan at a later date. Next... reverse your removal of the back maintenance access panel on back of the frigidaire. Re-install the maintenance access panel on the inside of the freezer area. (Now is a good time to use a clean & warm washcloth to gently clean the inside of your freezer.) Reinstall all the shelfs. Place your ice cream and all other items back into the freezer.
*If you have an ice maker, be sure to dump all that half melted ice now - it will just refreeze into an iceberg later and break your ice machine so no cubes come out.
6. Plug the frigidaire back in. Tomorrow, check the bottom of the freezer for another sheet of ice accumulation, meaning something else is leaking inside of your freezer. (Could be your ice maker)
take out everything and at the lower inside back of the freezer you have a drain ..... pour hot water till it opens / the water comes from you evap when it goes into defrost and it cant get out the drain / Larry