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Ice forming on the consensor coils - next to the condensor. Sign of; a). Low freon b). Freon blockage Something else..?

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  • m_j_levy Nov 17, 2009

    Thanks for the notes. Productive comments. Model number is GE ZIC36N.

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    1. Inconsistent warm and cold - i.e. was warm 2 days ago, cold now
    2. I have been fiddling with it. Letting it get to room temperature and then turning back on
    3. Repair guy came out - did a Freon test - couldn't get anymore Freon in - though the reading was low pressure
    4. Repair guy speculated a blockage in the freon line ?
    5. I noted the filter on the compressor coils was filthy, filthy - thick with muck. Have cleaned - however the unit has still displayed some inconsistent cooling
    6. Today I noted that the in/out coils to the condensor happened to be touch slightly - at least a copper line was passing them both and touching. I have subsequently seperated them to make sure they are no longer connected
    7. I welcome and will compensate good advice. I really want to know if this guy is just showing age anyone and should be given last rights or... continue to work on repair - it is a nice buit in, so has some value - but not much more patience.


    Look forward to your comments.

    FYI - share with the developers of the site that they need to allow for uploading images. Especially with an easy i-phone plug-in. Trust me, that advice is worth a lot.

  • John Hall May 11, 2010

    Good day, Do you mean the evaporator coils? Never saw ice on a condenser.

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Your condenser should be the warm side and the evaporator is the cold side inside freezer. If missing defrost the coil will cover in snow like looks, if low on freon only a few rows would have clear ice and the remaining rows cold sweat. Most likely you have a defrost problem. If you could get me the model number it would be better for me to locate the true problem. Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Nov 16, 2009

    Here is where to look for a model number below. If you need to get back with me click=> HERE. Thanks Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Nov 17, 2009

    Good number. I believe your defrost timer is worn out and moving slowly. Click Here=> WR9X502 and should be under the refrigerator because that is the only place I could find it in the photos, That model number is also new to me. Let me know and please stop by my=> SITE, Sea Breeze



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    John Tripp Nov 17, 2009

    I know I can get your photo but he iphone part I'm not sure about. This this repairman consider the defrost timer? Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Nov 17, 2009

    When you find the defrost timer I want you to manually turn it slowly until it stops the compressor. During that time the freezer should be in manual defrost. Make sure the ice and frost is melting listen to the inside of freezer for sounds of sizzling and crackling.

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    John Tripp Nov 17, 2009

    Thanks, For stopping by keep me in your address book, Sea Breeze

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