Defrosted coils with hair dryer 2 times--each time works well for 4 to 7 days then ice builds up again. When using dryer the water does run through tube to bottom drip pan. What part may be needed and how do I replace it or do I have to purchase new fridge? Also, where is the defrost timer located have heard about in this appliance and can it be adjusted?
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Re: ET18PKXGW01 top freezer ice builds up
Hi, With the information you supplied i'm going to assume there is an ice build up at the rear of the freezer. Your problem is going to be with your defrost system. I will also assume you have the ability to repair this yourself. This is going to be one of three problems with your refridgerator, 1st thing to do is remove shelfs and panel in the back of the freezer...you should see ice build up on the evaporator...don't worry get a hair dryer and melt the ice. Next locate the wires for the heater...using a multi meter test the heater for condinuity...if the heater is bad replace it, If the heater is good replace the defrost thermostat..the stat normally is a barrel looking part clipped onto the evaporator pipe. The last possible problem could be the evaporator fan, have you heard the fan running in the past few hours?..if you are not sure pull the panel out to where you can see fan and watch it over an hour to see if it turns. I have included links with pictures of what the parts you need to check are: http://romulusappliance.com/manufacturers/maytag/refrigerators/575432.JPG defrost stat http://www.hotekalliance.com/UploadFiles/2008627111553382.jpgheatershttp://www.applianceblog.com/archives/EvapMotor1018185.jpg evap fan. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to comment again. If you decide to get a repair guy in should not cost you any more then $120 - $200 depending on make/model/problem Good luck! P.s Please don't forget to rate my solution Thanks! Mike
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Ok one of two problems. Either you have an ice block or you have a plugged drain. If you have a couple of dif choices. If you have a back up fridge than fill it with the contents of the broken one. Unplug leave doors slightly open for about 48hrs. Have towels for the water from the ice. Usually 2 or 3 bath towels. Plug back in and if the problem happens again within a week than your bi-metal ( defrest thermostat) is bad. To replace you have to remove the back panel in freezer and and on the condenser coils near top you will see a little round silver part.
Option 2- If no backup fridge or you have time. Have a hair dryer, 3 bath towels, a 1/4 inch nut driver (may be phillips) for screws. Unplug fridge and open freezer. Remove contents and place in ice chest with ice.remove screws from back wall pull panel forward. If you have an ice maker ther are two screws on the top where the ice fills at and one at the bottom. Also disconnect the quick connect for the ice maker. Remove back panel. You will see one of two things either all your coils are iced up (frost on all coils is normal) or two where it drains on silver plater has ice blocking drain hole. If ice is blocking drain remove and pour hot hot water down drain until it flows into drain pan in the back of fridge by compressor. If the coils are all iced up have towels ready. Start by putting a towel where it would normally drain where the towel is soaking up the water. Turn hair dryer on and melt ALL thee ice. some ice will be in the middle of coils and in back where you Cant see. Keep the hair dryer moving sitting in one place too long can damage wire and the walls of freezer. Melt all ice until no more water is falling from condenser coils. Than you will have to replace the bi metal. Put everything back in and plug in wait about 2 hrs before putting contents back in freezer. Just to let you know the the fridge will NOT cool down until freezer gets down to temp. Than the air will start cycling into fridge. If you have anymore question please feel free to comment me back for further assistance.
Your freezer coil needs a good defrost. You are getting only a little bit of the ice off. It stops cooling because the ice acts like a insulator over the coil so it is unable to cool. Was to get this done is to empty it out and shut if off and leave the door open or maybe a hair dryer or even so warm water. I hope this helps.
The defrost heater has gone bad causing a heavy frost to build up and not allow the cool air to circulate properly. Remove the lower panel in the freezer at the back. 4 screws, 2 at bottom and 2 at top and then pull panel out. Using a hair dryer melt all ice off of the coils and the heater at the bottom of the coils is what is bad. wr55x10101 should be the part number and by melting all of the ice today you will buy yourself 4 to 5 days of proper cooling with the controls set in the middle settings. Also gives you time to get the heater to replace it. Very important thing tho is to replace the back panel after getting all ice out so that the fan can do it's job properly. Not a hard job to do but because of having to melt the ice it is time consuming. 45 min. to a hour. Good luck and have a great day. Rick
You should not have to manually defrost. Your auto defrost system is not working. Check the timer usuall in the frig compartment near the thermostat ( a small hole, use a screwdrive flat tip 1/4" to rotate the timer till it clicks starting the defrost cycle) check freezer in 10-15 min should be defrosted if not you will need to check the heater and thermostat located behind the rear or bottom panel of the freezer.
The defrost timer could be under the box in the front behind kick panel or in the rear by the compressor.
Defrost timer, heater, therma disk, any one could be bad.
You could manually defrost and this would get the Ref back to working for a couple of days before it iced up again. Remember there is a lot of ice build up on the cooling coils in the freezer that you can't see so, a little extra time with a hair dryer is needed to do a complete manual defrost.
CHANCES ARE THE DEFROST HEATER HAS GONE BAD LOOK IN THE BACK OF THE FREEZER ON THE REAR WALL DO YOU SEE ICE BUILD UP? IF SO TAKE A HAIR DRYER AND MELT THE ICE.MAKE SURE THE FREEZER IS UNPLUGGED.NOW REMOVE SCREWS TO GET THE COVER OFF AFTER REMOVING THE COVER CHANCES ARE YOU WILL FIND THE COILS FROZEN OVER.USE THE HAIR DRYER AND DEFROST THE COILS CLEAN OF ALL ICE.NOW THAT THE ICE IS GONE YOU NEED TO OHM OUT THE HEATER WITH A VOLT OHM METER YOU CAN BUT ON AT ANY HARD WARE STORE OR EVEN AT WAL-MART. WITH OUT KNOWING THE BRAND OF FREEZER I CANT TELL YOU IF IT IS A CAL ROD ELEMENT (LOOKS LIKE YOUR OVEN HEATING ELEMENT OR A GLASS TUBE. IF IT IS THE GLASS TUBE YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE THE WIRE ELEMENT INSIDE IF YOU CANT REPLACE ELEMENTS/S WITH THE DEFROST THERMOSTAT. IF IT IS THE CAL ROD YOU MAY OR MAYNOT SEE WHERE IT IS BROKEN YOU MAY HAVE TO OHM IT OUT BUT AGAIN REPLACE THE THERMOSTAT ALSO. BUT SINCE YOU HAVE THE UNIT DEFROSTED THIS WILL GIVE YOU ABOUT THREE DAYS UNTIL YOU NEED TO DEFROST IT AGAIN IF YOU HAVE TO WAIT ON PARTS BUT REMIMBER TO PUT REAR COVER BACK ON OR IT WONT COOL GOOD LUCK