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The evaporator is full of ice and refrigirator is not cooling

I have to unplug it from the power and wait till the evaporator is been defrosted, then I plug it again and it work fine for one week then I do it again and again. what seems to be the problem?, the thermostat?
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Most likely a faulty defrost heater. problem is creating blocked air flow.

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Most times the defrost system has something go wrong. Wether electronic or mechanical timer refrigerator have the same other 2 components which is a derost heater to keep frost off the evaporator and a defrost heater thermostat to cease power to the heater when the temp gets warm enough to melt the frost. It is just that simple. After cleaning the coils below and behind an ice box, I look for signs of frost on the back wall of the freezer. If I see it I know their is ice in the evaporation compartment. One thing you can do if you do not wish to take it any further or cannot pay for service is simply unplug the ice box and let it thaw out a few days. By unplugging it and allowing it to thaw out the ice box will magically work fine again for several weeks till the ice clogs the evaporator again. If you wish to fix the ice box remove the service panel and look for the termination thermostat is what I do. If it appears swollen it has failed and therefore the heater will not come on and defrost. Also the heater itself might be bad especially if it is a glass one. Note: The bimetal defrost thermostat will only check good if it is below 50f. It opens above 50f that is its job. It closes at 25f and llows for power to get to the heater. That is how they ALL work. No rocket science needed. On the newer models with computer controlled defrost if the termination thermostat is ok and the heater is ok and the unit has mechanical thermostats to control the cooling I recommend just replacing the defrost control electronic box, if it is a fancier one that has a brain to determine cooling then I recommend replacing thermisters first or at least checking them. You can get a service manual on my googledrive page. Appliancejunkgoogle drive. Google it. LOL

Jul 17, 2013 | Refrigerators

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Refrigerator side is not cooling properly


Its defrost problem.

The defrost is not working,.The evaporator coil in the inner section of freezer is got blocked by ice .

Try manual defrost reset procedure: ----
First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle. Then check, if the problem returns again. If the same problem occurs then it's defrost problem. The defrost board and the defrost thermostat/heater is not functioning properly and it has to be checked and replaced. -------

If it's again building up ice that means the unit is not defrosting. It's starting the cooling procedure, and then while defrosting, it's not working. The defrost assembly consists of three main parts. The defrost thermostat, the defrost heater and defrost board. Any of the one is not functioning. When thermostat sense the maximum cooling, it triggers the defrost heater to start heating and this defrosts the ice collected on the coils and the system works. Both thermostat and heater are controlled by defrost board. First the thermostat and defrost heater to be checked, if both check ok by meter and visually, then its defrost board causing the problem. You can get required parts from online sites like: --- www.repairclinic.com or from searspartsdirect online site.--------- This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

May 29, 2011 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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On the kenmore 363.59522996 side by side the freezer is working good but the fridge will not cool and looking for the cause??


This problem is related to defrost.The defrost cycle is not running as it should be. The other possibility can be ice blockage in the ventilations.

The defrost is not working,.The evaporator coil in the inner section of freezer is got blocked by ice .

Try manual defrost reset procedure: ----

First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle. Then check, if the problem returns again. If the same problem occurs then it's defrost problem. The defrost board and the defrost thermostat/heater is not functioning properly and it has to be checked and replaced.

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Check the damper if there is too much water collected in the damper then press the damper and remove the water collected in it. The procedure of this unit is as follows: --- The compressor starts then it cools the freezer section. When the freezer reaches its cooling level the defrost cycle starts functioning. In this cycle the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air in the freezer section is passed to the refrigerator section and the refrigerator section gets cold. The air from freezer to refrigerator passes from the section, in that section the damper is located. Now this problem which you mentioned. In this problem the freezer works but no cooling in fridge, this happens if the thermostat is not functioning or the heater is not heating. Then the ice starts getting collected on the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is at the internal section of freezer. If too much ice gets

collected then this ice blocks the fan in the freezer section from functioning and this blocks the damper section with ice getting collected there. This all procedure is controlled by the main defrost board of the unit. Now if the damper is not got blocked with too much water or if the ice is not got collected on the damper area then check the evaporator coils. If there is too much ice got collected on the coils, then takes a hair dryer and melt the collected ice. Then see if the problem returns again. But if there is little bit ice collected on the coils and fan is running properly then it's not a problem. In that case main defrost board is faulty and it has to be replaced. The main defrost board is working but its not controlling the functions as required so the freezer works but fridge section not getting cold..

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You can get required parts from sears part direct online site or from repairclinic.com site.

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This will help. Thanks. Helpmech.

Feb 25, 2011 | Kenmore 53642 / 53644 Side by Side...

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Fridge is not cooling well. Freezer is fine


This problem is related to defrost.The defrost cycle is not running as it should be. The other possibility can be ice blockage in the ventilations.

The defrost is not working,.The evaporator coil in the inner section of freezer is got blocked by ice .

Try manual defrost reset procedure: ----

First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle. Then check, if the problem returns again. If the same problem occurs then it's defrost problem. The defrost board and the defrost thermostat/heater is not functioning properly and it has to be checked and replaced.

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Check the damper if there is too much water collected in the damper then press the damper and remove the water collected in it. The procedure of this unit is as follows: --- The compressor starts then it cools the freezer section. When the freezer reaches its cooling level the defrost cycle starts functioning. In this cycle the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air in the freezer section is passed to the refrigerator section and the refrigerator section gets cold. The air from freezer to refrigerator passes from the section, in that section the damper is located. Now this problem which you mentioned. In this problem the freezer works but no cooling in fridge, this happens if the thermostat is not functioning or the heater is not heating. Then the ice starts getting collected on the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is at the internal section of freezer. If too much ice gets

collected then this ice blocks the fan in the freezer section from functioning and this blocks the damper section with ice getting collected there. This all procedure is controlled by the main defrost board of the unit. Now if the damper is not got blocked with too much water or if the ice is not got collected on the damper area then check the evaporator coils. If there is too much ice got collected on the coils, then takes a hair dryer and melt the collected ice. Then see if the problem returns again. But if there is little bit ice collected on the coils and fan is running properly then it's not a problem. In that case main defrost board is faulty and it has to be replaced. The main defrost board is working but its not controlling the functions as required so the freezer works but fridge section not getting cold..

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You can get required parts from sears part direct online site or from repairclinic.com site.

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This will help. Thanks. Helpmech.

Feb 25, 2011 | Frigidaire FRT21P5A Top Freezer...

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Does not go into defrost mode. refrigerator section becomes hot


The defrost is not working.This happens due to the evaporator coil in the inner section of freezer is got blocked by ice .--------

Try manual defrost reset procedure: ----

First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle. Then check, if the problem returns again. If the same problem occurs then it's defrost problem. The defrost board and the defrost thermostat/heater is not functioning properly and it has to be checked and replaced.

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The procedure of this unit is as follows: --- The compressor starts then it cools the freezer section. When the freezer reaches its cooling level the defrost cycle starts functioning. In this cycle the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air in the freezer section is passed to the refrigerator section and the refrigerator section gets cold. The air from freezer to refrigerator passes from the section, in that section the damper is located. Now this problem which you mentioned. In this problem the freezer thaws, this happens if the thermostat is not functioning or the heater is not heating. Then the ice starts getting collected on the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is at the internal section of freezer. If too much ice gets collected then this ice blocks the fan in the freezer section from functioning and this blocks the damper section with ice getting collected there. This all procedure is controlled by the defrost board of the unit.

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So first try reset procedure.If that is not helping then defrost assembly parts are to be checked and replaced.The defrost thermostat is located in the freezer section beside the evaporator coil.The defrost heater is located in the freezer section beside the evaporator coil.And the defrost control board is located in the fridge section.-------------

you can get the required parts from online sites like:---

www.repairclinic.com or from searspartsdirect online site.---------This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Feb 21, 2011 | Whirlpool GS6NBEXR Side by Side...

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The orange light is on which has not happened before. It has never being a noisy freezer so I can't tell if something is wrong or not. It is an old one (over 12years) i can't say if is defrosting as the...


the problem is over defrost in your unit and the orange light is the indication of that. there can be two possibilities for this problem i will explain 1) the evaporator coil in the unit is got blocked by the frost of ice.the ice cubes .so the coil is not getting heated and the fan of the evaporator is stopped functioning.the evaporator coil is located in the inner side of the freezer. 2) the another problem can be defrost timer. now i will explain what is defrost timer.the defrost timer is the part which controls the cooling and defrosting in refrigerator.it actually spins as the coldness in the unit.after the temperature reaches to certain coolness it spins back wards and defrosts.if the defrost timer is faulty it will not spin properly and all cooling and defrosting system of the unit will misaligned.if the timer gets faulty the cooling will reach till over frost and then the fan the coils in the unit will get blocked due to built-up and over current will be excreted by the unit to melt that ice.and in this melting ice procedure without defrost timer working properly the unit stops completely .it can effect any section lower or upper or may be both.so the defrost timer t needs replacement in this case.its like a mini plastic box .the color is mostly black or white or creamish.its located at the back of the unit in the lower side beside the compressor and compressor fan.and the cost of timer is near to $40.
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so the first thing i want you to try is unplug the unit from main power outlet and remove all the stuff in the unit from both refrigerator and freezer section.then letting the unit to defrost for near to 24 hours.after all the ice gets melts in 24 hours.clean all the water spilled in the unit and in the bottom of the unit. then reconnect the power cord to main outlet. and check out.because evaporator coils don't get faulty they only gets stopped from functioning due to ice buildup in between the coils.if the unit works proper that means the problem was ice build-up.but if the same problem repeats then its faulty defrost timer.
its easy to replace and fitted with some screws

you can get it from
www.repairclinic.com
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Nov 30, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Refrigirator is not cooling. Freezer is cooling


if you have a bottom freezer, you need to defrost the unit the cool air from the freeezer is what cools the top part, but the channels are iced up
unplug the unit and let it thaw out overnight

Sep 12, 2009 | Kenmore 18.3 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

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GE REFRIGIRATOR HUMMING SOUND


it could be the evaporator fan touching the ice that builds up in the evaporator.
if it is the fan, then you may have a problem with your defrost cycle. the defrost heater isnot heating up in order to defrost the ice . if it buids up, it would be so thick that the ice could touch the fan that would create the humming sound.

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Aug 02, 2008 | Refrigerators

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Whirlpool Refrigirator


water is probably caused by ice blocking the drain for the auto defrost. take off the back panel and you may see ice accumulating at the bottom of the evaporator. switch off, clear the excess ice with a hair-dryer used carefully and make sure water runs down the drain freely. ice in the drain may take some clearing - boiling water and patience are needed

Apr 14, 2007 | Whirlpool GS6NBEXRQ Side by Side...

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