Question about Refrigerators
I've got an old refrigerator/freezer. I noticed in the freezer there is a hole in the plastic floor. It looks like it has melted. The refrigerator was given to us used and originally I just thought it had happend a long time ago and wasn't a real issue, the unit seems to be working fine.
Well I noticed yesterday I could see what seems to be exposed heating elements inside the hole, and my wife has reported that some hotdogs we had in the freezer where burned. I am thinking this can't be good.
Am I risking a fire if I continue to use it? Anyone ever see something like this before, what could be causing this?
I guess I need someone just to tell me to unplug the thing and throw it away and get a new one, or is there an easy fix? This is our back up refrigerator in our garage and is not worth putting any money into.
The refrig is possibly a Magic Chef . This refrig has the coils AND defrost heater , under the freezer floor . If the defrost thermostat sticks , the heater will eventually burn thru the aluminum coil cover and melt the freezer floor . However , with the freezer floor burnt thru , the freezer fan is not pulling the complete air flow , over the coils , which in turn , a lot more electricity is being used , to try to keep the complete refrig cool . To repair , you would need 1 ) defrost thermostat , 2 ) freezer floor , 3 ) foil coil and heater cover , 4 ) a few hours or days ( if not done before ) .
So , no , not an easy fix .
Posted on Oct 07, 2009
Get a new refrigerator,. You have a fire hazard. The compressor motor is probably overheating.
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