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Melted plastic floor in Freezer

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.

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  • patrick_sore Oct 07, 2009

    I checked it last night and it is a Magic chef. And I think you hit the nail on the head on with the issue. Is there a way just to disable the freezer/Defrost function? Would just turning the dial on the freezer portion down shut it off or would the defrost feature still kick on?

    I would then just plan on using as a back up refrig for drinks, which is pretty much its function right now. Just looking to buy some time before I replace it.

    Thanks for the help

  • patrick_sore Oct 08, 2009

    Model number is RB17KN1AF.

    Thanks for all your help on this.

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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

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    Mike Smith Oct 07, 2009

    If I had the model number , I could tell you where the defrost timer is , and you could clip one of the 2 motor wires . This would stop the defrost function .

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Get a new refrigerator,. You have a fire hazard. The compressor motor is probably overheating.

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