I have a side by side whirlpool refrig/freezer. It is 12 yrs. old. It works great; however, the area where the ice comes out of the ice maker is freezing up. It has TONS of frost on it and then the ice won't come out the door. The ice maker works great. I've taken out the ice storage/maker and defrosted it many times but the frost keeps coming back. Any suggestions? Thanks!! -Nicole
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Re: frost on ice maker
Look at the chute where the ice comes out the door and see if the door in there is sticking open and leaking air in some times it helps to hold a flashlight on the out side aimed up the chute while lookin down on the inside
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check that the compressor is working by feeling for motor vibrations at the compressor, hot compressor unit or hot fins or back wall of the fridge
if there is not heat then the compressor is not working
call a technician as it could be a start/run capacitor failed or compressor seized
get a quote as some compressor replacements cost as much as a new fridge
check that the utility power is getting to the fridge/freezer
drain is cloged. at some point the ref section was set too cold. the defrost water from freezer drains through the ref back wall. becaust it was set too cold the drain froze. two ways to fix .... empty unit and unplug for 24 hrs. OR remove back panel, defrost drainrail, remove bottom panel ,remove ice, insert 1/4 inch tube down drain, and squirt very hot water down drain till it is clear of ice..... when defrosted set ref on "3"
This can be caused by the drain hole below freezer coil being blocked by ice.
You MUST remove all ice in drain under freezer coil. Use turkey baster
to squirt hot water into hole and use hairdryer to defrost. Possible defrost thermostat is defective. Unit never goes into defrost, ice forms on coil and in floor of freezer.
defrosting may work OK for a week or two but gradually gets
warmer because ice is blocking ports where cool air gets to refrig. May
also have water in refrig box. Can also be caused by defective defrost
do you see alot of frost on the rear panel of the frzer if so it has failed to defrost and repair is req or do a manual defrost until a tech can get to you if no frost sorry sounds like you have a weak tired compressor or leak of freon and being 30 yrs old it is not cost effective to repair this item....
Do you see a light coat of frost in freezer section about 12 inches up (defrost problem indication) ? Has the icemaker slowed down a bit in ice production ? What is the refrigerator control set on ? When you turn the freezer up completely , it cuts off the cold air flow which cools the refrig section . If refrig control is set mid way , turn it up higher , so refrig will run longer , but lower the freezer setting so some cold air will enter the refrig section . Also check to see if the freezer fan is working .
check the back of the refrigerwtor there shpoould be a opening where the water goe into the freezer for the ice maker. you need to seal it up so that the moiust air from outside does not enter the freezer.