Ice continually forming on bottom of upright freezer
Several times a year I clear ice from the drain at the bottom of my freezer (whenever I notice a sheet of ice on the bottom). Is there a reason why it keeps happening? Something I can fix once and for all? I don't notice anything clogging the coil. Is it safe to wrap a copper wire around the heating element and insert it into the top of the drain to prevent the ice from forming?
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Re: Ice continually forming on bottom of upright freezer
You nead to clear the drain.when you clear the ice you nead to make sure that the drain is clear.a spider can build a nest in your drain line.if you remove the ice,you nead to clear the drain line with a hose.you nead to blow though hose and clear line.
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From my understanding your Frigidaire refrigerator is not sealing properly which is causing an issue with your icemaker. You may need to replace the component for your seal. I would recommend having a professional technician out to your home to properly diagnosis and repair your refrigerator. Are you under warranty? Typically, if you are under warranty a repair should not come out of your pocket. I would consult with your manufacturer for warranty coverage. Hope this information helps. -OOS
Hi there, did you find the answer to this problem? We have exactly the same issue. We noticed a burnt smell in the freezer, mainly transferring to our hands when we touched packaging. The ice dispenser was working fine but the ice started to taste funny (a bit like burnt plastic) and had black bits in it. We took it out to clean the tray and since putting it back in, it just won't work. We don't know if we have put it back in wrong or if something has blown. We can still hear the motor when we try to press for ice, but nothing comes out. No water is making its way into the ice cube tray to form the ice, but we still have cold running water. I would be so grateful for any help. Thanks
more than likely you have a clogged drain. This occurs when the machine goes into defrost and the melted ice somehow is prevented from draining and therefor refreezing and blocking the drain for the next defrost cycle. Over time it gradually builds and starts voer a larger area. Being you have a top mount refrigerator(freezer on top) there are air ways that connect the freezer to the fridege, which is how its cooled. The best way to resolve this is to unplug the machine for atleast 24-48 hours to let all ice melt
Do not know how to find a repair in your area, but here is what is wrong:
The cooling coils, located behind the back wall of the freezer section, have frosted up, preventing the normal flow of air. Now, some of the cold air in the freezer is sinking and flowing into the bottom of the fresh foods section through the air vent by the bottom bin. To fix this, disconnect power to the refrigerator and unload the freezer side. Remove the panel at the back of the freezer section and melt all the frost and ice. Replace the heater at the bottom of the cooling coils, which would normally take care of the frost build up. Reassemble and restore power.
The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back
wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10
hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic
adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to
melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from
overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches
close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost
cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle. If this ice is not melted it will continue to
build up until the air can’t flow over the coil to circulate the cold air
through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge
is usually noticed first followed by the freezer. If the defrost thermostat is bad it can prevent the heater from
coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped
to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be
misshapen it is bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity when
cold and none when warm. You can also bypass the thermostat to see if the
heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs
replaced. The defrost heateris
located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also
go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if
it’s bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when
disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for
voltage when it’s in the defrost mode. If
you have a defrost
can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the
front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts
down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that
means the timer is not running. If it
doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till
everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle. If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer,
replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge
with the controls in some models and on the back in others.
If the ice cubes are the only thing melting it could be the heater in the ice maker which thaws the ice a little to release it from the mold.
If other things start melting it could be auto deforst failure indicated by iceing of the evaporator coils behind the rear cover in the freezer.
Hello, this sounds like you have a blockage in the drain tube, remove panel back of freezer..you may see ice build up...melt ice with hair dryer/heat gun...you will see a pan below evaporator...melt ice in pan...dry water up in pan with paper towel...now you should see a hole in pan that leads to drain tube...pour some hot water in pan..wait a couple minutes..mop up water and repeat this step 2-3 times....once you have done this find some flexible curatain wire or electrical wire..poke down the hole until you see the water drain..now it is clear..put back panel back and you are good to go. The reason you see water in the Freezer is because the water has been leaking into the freezer instead of running into the drain hole...If you need any further assistance please feel free to comment again. good luck! P.s Please don't forget to rate my solution thanks! Mike.