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Model GSS20 IEMB WW fridge not cooling frost build up in back of freezer ice melting

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SOURCE: Viking freezer frost build-up

Sounds like a defrost problem. Check to see if there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not defrosting as it should.

  • possible causes:
  1. bad defrost timer/control board
  2. bad defrost heater (in freezer)
  3. bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above items.
  • if you already checked this and think it is a different problem then let me know, i will help you figure it out. 
Mike  

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

eagle338
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SOURCE: frost build up on the back wall of the freezer

The thermostat is not functioning the way it should leading to frost build up. You need to replace it. Should cost you around 40$

Posted on Sep 02, 2008

mgprice
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SOURCE: fridge/freezer cooling inefficiently

Either the repair guy did not wire up the heater correctly or he replaced the wrong part, if the heater was good it was likley to be the defrost thermostat...I would call the repair guy back to check.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Subzero freezer has frost/ice build up on the

Check the fan and readjust temperature control to higher. Thanks.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009

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