Question about Refrigerators
I am assuming you want to see how to check if freezer is defrosting. Find the two vents in your freezer and see if air is coming out of one vent and into the other. If you are defrosting the air will be able to be felt on the back of your hand.
The biggest cause of freezers not defrosting is the freezer being overloaded and blocking the vents. If you have over loaded the freezer, the evaporator needs to breath (needs to circulate air) in order to perform properly. You will need to unload your freezer and open the doors and turn unit off until the evaporator is defrosted. If you have a hair dryer you may speed up the defrost by blowing warm air into the freezer evaporator area. Be careful to not leave unattended hair dryer in operation. Two reasons, first the hot air can cause damage to the plastic/painted metal in the casing and secondly, the ice melted can if the air going through the hot air gun draws the water in can cause the hair dryer to short out.
I have seen that if people overload and block air on the freezer side they will also overload the fresh foods side. Refrigerator and freezers work by removing heat using air circulation as the medium for heat removal.
If after doing the above and the unit is still frosting up, check to see if the thermostat is set to low. Typical normal setting for both fresh food side and freezer is a 5. If it is still frosting up and will not defrost, you will probably need and new defrost sensor. Take your model number and serial number to Searspartsdirect.com and find your defrost sensor and change it out. It is located behind the evaporator panel in your freezer section.
Hope this helps
Posted on Dec 14, 2014
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