I was defrosting my side-by-side freezer this afternoon when I puncuted the freezer coil (yes, I was using a screwdriver) trying to ''advance'' the process along. A bust of air came out when it was punctured, which I assume was the freeon.
The question that I have is how much it will cost to fix it, or should I just start shopping for a new unit. thanks!
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Re: punctured freezer coil
Depending on the make and model. Also the area you live in. You will need to have a new evaporator and a filter dryer. Hopefully moisture didnt get into the system. You could be talking anywhere from 300 and up. So I guess you can call around to make sure of the cost in your area.
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I understand the sides of your Frigidaire freezer are hot and the compressor is very hot. I also see that the drain plug was frozen and the coils had lots of frost, which you defrosted and your freezer began running again. It looks like your freezer quit again and started up, leaving everything hot. I suggest contacting your local authorized technician for further assistance. They will be able to diagnose and determine what exactly is causing your appliance to be hot. Hope this is helpful.
1st i must get you to look for some symptoms look on back wall (inside) of freezer. Is there "sno-cone" type frost? yes? defrost problem. heater,defrost thermostat or defrost timer or adaptive defrost control. no? is fan running? is evaporator coil cold ,frosty? no fan but cold frosty coil(that's frosty but not frosted up) then bad fan motor probably. you need volt meter,and know how to use it. otherwise call a tek.
Yes... the best way is to empty it out and just turn it off leaving the door open... A hair dryer or heat gun will speed things up but do not use a knife or ice pick...you can puncture the coils and kill the freezer...
The defrost drain is clogged causing the water from the defrost cycle to flow down to the freezer floor. The defrost drain and drain trough are located behind the freezer panel at the back of the freezer wall inside. Remove this cover to get to the defrost drain and remove ice. Do not use any thing that may puncture or damage the evaporator coils because this is what you freon flows thru to do your cooling. Thank you for using fix ya.
need more info... in ref by light there is hole where you can manually put in defrost with flatblade screwdriver.. turn clockwise until compressor shuts off.. do you hear sizzling in freezer? may take 2 or 3 mins. if yes replace defrost timer.. if no defrost thermostat or heater is bad.
There is a big list of problems that can cause this poor freezing. This model has a "never clean" condensor coil that should not need cleaning as (as most coils do neeed cleaning every +/- 2 years. Of course this never clean idea assumes certain normal circumstances. If you have extra dusty conditions or high level of dirt and air movement around the frig, then the never clean aspect may not work for you and the coil need cleaning. Alsso, can be defrost timer, can be defrost thermostat, can be defrost heater coil, can be circulating fan in rear of freezer. If you push on the back panel of the freezer compartment and hear crunching sound, then there is frost blockage on the inner coil and you have a defrost parts/control problem. You must turn off unit, remove back panel and allow frost to melt (a heat gun or hair dryer will help;never use a pick or screwdriver to jab at ice on the coil-----one slip and you can easily puncture coil and its "all over". Goodluck, Macgivor
The unit is not defrosting. Either the defrost clock is defective or the defrost heater is not working. Defrost clock is normally located behind the bottom kick panel. Use a large standard screwdriver and turn the center screw clockwise very slowly until the compressor stops. Wait 20 to30 minutes the compressor should restart, if not the defrost clock is defective. Checking rhe heater you'll need a vom meter or amp meter.
Take the back cover inside the freezer off and you can see the iced up coils. Use a hairdryer to melt the ice. Don't chip it off, you might puncture the coil.
If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer
are icing up because of auto defrost failure
check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In
most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board.
If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.
The defrost system has failed and is not de-icing the coil or, the door is not sealing tight or too much time open allowing excess humidity to enter the chamber, thereby overcoming the capabilities of the defrost system. The system has a defrost timer someplace, check to see if it is running. If not, you can probably advance it into a defrost cycle with a screwdriver. (turn the shaft slowly until a click is heard and the system stops) Allow 20 or 30 minutes for the coils to defrost, and restart with the screwdriver if it has not took off on it's own. If the timer is found not running, replace it.