Question about Kenmore Freezers
We've had a repair guy out 2x's and he said that this frig wasn't made for a part time/seasonal use and that it needs to be opened regularly. He replaced something each time but it's never been really frixed. It works fine and I just hate to spend money on a new unit if we can get to the bottom of this. BTW, we have been here and it is opened regularly and that doesn't make any difference?
I was told to check the doors gaskets when buying a fridge. The gasket must seal all around. Check by using a dollar bill. The dollar bill when placed anywhere along the door gasket must be held tight when the door is closed, it is held when you try to skip the bill off. If the bill is not held, the gasket is defective. This means there must not be any gaps letting air into the fridge.
A thin coat of ice means air is going into the fridge and moisture in the air freezing into ice.
Some doors flex and warp causing a bad gasket seal, or the gallery is bad. Just one probable cause for icing in the fridge
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: kenmore upright freezer
Usually you shouldn't have any ice on the bottom unless something spilled etc. and froze. How all this basically works is... the cooling coils are where the brrrrr cold comes from but that causes frost/ice on the coils. About every 12 hours a little clock timer that runs continuously turns off the compressor and evap. fan then turns on a heating element that's under the coils. This heat runs till the defrost t-stat (clipped on the upper coil area) determines it's been warm enough that all the ice should have melted and turns off the defrost heater. Then everything returns to normal cooling until the next cycle starts again. As for the melted ice, that water drips into sort of a channel that funnels the water to the drain hole (should be just under the coil area). From there it goes down a tube to a holding pan near the compressor area in the bottom of the unit where heat from the compressor,etc. causes it to evaporate into the air long before the next defrost cycle puts more water into it. Sooo... check that your drain hole is open by pouring hot water down it and see if it flows fast out to the holding pan. Clean as needed.
Posted on Nov 30, 2006
The reason for ice buildup is an air leak. Recheck all around the gasket by taking a dollar bill and closing the door on it and pulling it out. If you don't have resistance, you found your leak. Heat that area with a blow dryer to relax the gasket and close the door to let the magnet and seal set. Also, rub some vasoline on the hinge side gasket to keep it from dragging.
Posted on Dec 07, 2007
contact 1-888-77-lowes if you havent done this call, have them create a case file on this, tell the person that you talk to that if you try this solve and it dont fix the issue I want a new machine if they agree to this do the door replacement if they don't take it back to lowes
Posted on Apr 10, 2008
Frost free fidges are supposed to stay frost free because the automatically defrost regularly. When they do this they may drain water down to the bottom of your fridge. Look for a tray that catches this water underneath the unit. Make sure yo keep it emptied. If you live in a very warm climate you may be getting a lot of humidity inside. There may be a switch that you can change for lower moisture.
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
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