This happens to me about once every six months. The first two times I had a service guy out, he swapped the heating element and the defrost control board. The third time I bought the parts on-line and did it my self. By then I had the nagging feeling that swapping the parts was having no effect. The next two times I just did a manual defrost with a hair dryer. That gave the same result: about six months til the next problem. My guess: the defrost just gets "behind" or something and can't catch up. I dunno, seems like a design flaw. But, it sure is cheaper to do a manual defrost twice a year. not the end of the world.
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Could be a couple problems. The thermostat may not be making the contacts close to tell the compresser to turn on all the time. The compresser could be overloading which would be caused by overheating (clean the condenser). The freezer and frige evaperators may be becoming frozen up due to a bad defrost timer. When the freezer warms up check to see if the compresser is running, if it is not put your hand un it, if it is hot then it's overloading and should be replaced. If it is running and isn't really hot check to make sure all of the fans are running, should be one condenser fan and one on each evaperator. And look for ice build up inside the freezer and fridge. If all the fans are running and coils are clear and compresser is running next st is a plugged cap tube which is the metering device to the evaperators. The mechanic can trim them down six inches and fill the system and they should work great again.
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Got a couple of questions before we can really say much
Does the refrigerator/freezer appear to be running as normal? is it perhaps always running at the time the water leaks for longer or more noisily than normal.
Is the temperature of the freezer as normal? is there a particularly cold patch in the refrigerator , probably at the back or on the freezer side near the bottom?
Where exactly is the water leaking from? and is there water collecting inside?
Does the door seal properly at the base where the water seems to be coming from?
Is there another major appliance with a heavy current draw that always goes on at the same sort of time? I'm thinking a water boiler, or aircon/heater, or the oven etc.
Please post back, and we can start running through possible solutions :)
Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong.
If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.
If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...
Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...
Hi: Did you check the defrost heater itself? I checked Jennair and Sears parts to no avail. If you didn't check the heater it will be at the bottom of the freezer behind where you removed the back cover. A glass tube with a coil in it. If the coil or tube is broken replace that insead. I hope I helped, Jeff I found a website with the defrost timer, but not the location of the timer on the fridge. http://www.appliancepartsworldwide.com/store_SearchResults.aspx?S=1131392&ST=PBM
You have a frozen defrost drain. whenever the unit goes into defrost, usually once a day the water instead of running down the drain is running out on the interior and then onto your floor.Fairly easy fix if your game?
unplug your refrig
remove all food from interior of freezer
remove 2 screws holding the rear cover in place these are usually painted white to blend witht he cover. btw this is the lower cover so you do not have to remove icemaker or dispenser bucket.
once cover is removed defrost all of the ice that you see with a hair dryer
once the ice is gone you will see a drain hole in the center beneath the cooling coil ou need to flush hot water thru this hole to clear any ice and sludge that may be in the line. ( I sometimes have to use a syringe or turkey baster filled with hot water to forcefully clear this line)
reassemble in reverse order
If you have any further questions or comments leave them here and I'll get back to you. Thanks Peyton
The most likely cause of the problem is the defrost timer. It's job is to cycle the heaters for the coil on and off at intervals, possibly every six hours the heater should come on for seven to fifteen minutes. The timer is easy to replace and you may find a schematic online if you google jenn-air.