Question about Kenmore 53642 / 53644 Side by Side Refrigerator

1 Answer

Orange light in the lower part of freezer

I was digging out the bottom of the freezer drawer of my side-by-side when I heard a sizzling sound when water drops down into the drain area of the freezer, and a weird orange light coming from the back of the freezer. Everything appears to be working fine, smells fine, sounds fine. Drain appears not to be clogged. But why the light? why the sizzling sound?

Posted by on

  • pants70 Jan 23, 2008

    Thanks, catriver! You are the ultimate guru!!

×

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 878 Answers

Pants, don't worry about this, your refer was going into defrost. When this happens, the defrost heater turns on to melt the ice off the evaporator in the freezer comp. Last's about 20 minutes and sometimes you can see the glow and hear the ice hitting the heater...Catriver.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have a ge side by side refrigerator/freezer and i'm hearing a sizzling sound from the freezer side. Sounds like water is hitting the heating element causing a sizzling noise. Should I empty th


If you are sure the sound is coming from the freezer side, then yes you should empty the frrezer and take off the rear shield. While the heating element is normally encased in glass or plastic. Water droplets hitting an electrical connection could also cause a sizzling sound.

Feb 03, 2012 | GE Refrigerators

1 Answer

My GE gshf6kgxecww model ms409743 was just glowing red ,at vent lower freezer i heard sizzle unplugged only had it almost 2yrs


a red glow and a sizzle is most definitely a short. DO NOT plug it back in, call a certified repairman. This COULD cause a FIRE.

Nov 14, 2011 | Refrigerators

2 Answers

I have a fridgidaire pure source plus side by side and it is leaking in one spot on the freezer side front bottom. Is it something I can fix myself? Thank you


sounds as if the defrost drain is blocked
remove the crisper pans or lower shelves and find a drain pan in the bottom of back panel it will be blocked
use a wire hanger and push it throughtill it drains thenflish it with hot water

Jul 18, 2011 | Frigidaire Puresourceplus Ice Water...

1 Answer

Bright glowing coil is this normal?


Yes, it is the defrost heater, that's why your fridge is frost-free.

Feb 16, 2010 | GE Profile PFS22 33" Artica French Door...

1 Answer

We have a TFX25JR side-by-side with ice maker and water dispenser; had water leaking on floor on freezer side of bottom left corner. Comes under tray, cleaned the coils and seemed to work, but 2 weeks...


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.


Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help.
Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.

Oct 07, 2009 | GE (PSS26MSRSS) Side by Side Refrigerator

1 Answer

Is there a heating element in freezer?


Hello, Yes there is a heating element in the back of the freezer. This is the defrost heater which kicks on every so offten to defrost the evaporator. Please feel free to comment again if you have any further questions. Mike

Oct 01, 2009 | Hotpoint HSS25IFMCC / HSS25IFMWW Side by...

1 Answer

Screen turned orange, heard a sizzle sound tv


A capacitor has burned out. It may be on the motherboard or power supply.

Jul 09, 2009 | Sony KP-51HW40 51" Rear Projection...

1 Answer

Fridge not staying cold


Inside the fresh food compartment there is a defrost timer hidden behind the temp control panel. Sometimes there is a plastic plug over the hole that you need to put a flathead screwdriver in and slowly turn it clockwise. When compressor stops I want you to wait about 25 minutes to see if the refrigerator comes back on by itself without help. If it does I need you to listen inside the freezer compartment for sa sound of crackling or sizzling noise indicating defrost is taking place. Let me know, Sea Breeze

May 19, 2009 | Whirlpool ED5GHGXMQ Side by Side...

1 Answer

Sound of water dripping on something hot


don't worry about it. there is a defrost heater to melt ice off the evaporator when in defrost mode. happens about every eight hours. the sizzling noise is water dripping on the heater

Sep 25, 2008 | Whirlpool GS6NBEXR Side by Side...

1 Answer

Falling water hits something hot in freezer and causes sizzle sound


the sizzling noise is water hitting the defrost elememt and this is normal - shows the defrost system is working. if water comes on the floor of the freezer, this may be the drain for the defrost water is blocked. remove the freexer back panel and the drain is in the tray where the defrost water is caught. if it is blocked - usually with ice - clear it with hot water and make sure the water drains freely. takes some patience and maybe several attempts

Jul 13, 2007 | KitchenAid Superba Architect KSCS25IN Side...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Kenmore 53642 / 53644 Side by Side Refrigerator Logo

328 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kenmore Refrigerators Experts

Sal De

Level 3 Expert

2699 Answers

Jim Goldsmith
Jim Goldsmith

Level 3 Expert

2005 Answers

oldblindman

Level 1 Expert

5 Answers

Are you a Kenmore Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...