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Refrigerator is warm

Our freezer keeps frosting which is casuing the vents to ice. Therefore our refrigerator compartment is warm. if we disconnect the waterline will this problem be resolved?

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Re: Refrigerator is warm

This sounds like a low gas issue....assuming that you are not keeping your door open excessively or that the gaskets are not bad or dirty. The water line probably has no part in this.

First, check the gaskets. They must be clean and seal well. Defrost the box completely. Leaving it off for 2 days will do this or use a hair dryer with care after removing the freezer panel. Clean the condenser. Turn the unit on while observing the compressor...the big black thing with the pipes coming out. Look at the largest pipe. It will start to frost up. If the frost clears either to water or dry after 5 minutes of operation, gas is okay. Still frosty...get a service man.

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