My freezer hasn't been working as well as it should. It's only about 6 years old and when I removed the panel in the back of the freezer, it was as if there was ice all over the coils. I used a hairdryer to remove all of the ice and am now letting the freezer run, hoping that it will work. Is this something that a novice would be able to fix or do I need to get someone to look at it? Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Ice forming on coils
You defintaly have a defrost problem , bad heater( not likely), bad defrost timer/defrost board ( maybe). faulty defrost thermostat (most likley)... when you defrost coils thers a small thermostat clipped to upper portion of coil, usually an orange and pink wire leading to it. so long as your comfortable about wiring in a new one you can do it yourself. .UNPLUG UNIT clip out old thermostat bring to local part house and get a replacement. simply wire back in new thermo and your good, wires dont matter as to which goes where.(thats most likely cause of defrost problem)
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well yes and no , defrosting it will temporally make it work , but main problem is there isn't proper air flow over evaporator coils id clean them with soap and water while defrosting out unit , if low airflow is allowed to continue then refrigerant gas will build to high press and escape and render unit a total replacement
The drain in the freezer behind back lower panel needs opening. You can see it at the bottom of the back panel underneath the evaporator coils. (The cold coils) Run Hot water in the drain until it clears or use a hairdryer. When the defrost melts the water it goes down the drain If the drain is clogged with Ice or ? it overflows into the ref. Run Hot water in the drain until it clears or use a hairdryer. Also check fan undernearh Ref in the rear Clean condenser coils underneath .I'm including my article on Refrigerator Repair for your help and convenience.; Please click or copy and paste into browser for Article http://www.fixya.com/support/r5816737-fix_refrigerator_psychologically Thanks for using fixya Leo Ponder imufo2 Please VOTE FOR ME IF THIS WAS HELPFUL
The defrost drain is located just under the cooling coils in the back of the freezer. You will need to unload the food and remove the shelves from the freezer. Take the back panel off from inside the freezer and you will see a hole just below the coils. Flush it with hot water using a turkey baster or small hose. See the link below for more details.
You have a bad defrost heater . To access , you will have to remove the inside rear freezer panel . The heater is located at the bottom of the coils . Take your model number when ordering the part so you get the correct part .
Probably has lost the defrost function and excess ice has formed clogging air flow and shutting down ice production. Remove the access panel and inspect the evaporaton department for signs of failed defrosting.
This can be caused by the drain hole below freezer coil being blocked
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
HI, You will need to remove the rear inside panel of the freezer and check the defrost heater located on the bottom of the evaporator coils, for continuity. If the heater shows a break in it, replace the heater. If the heater checks out ok, check the bimetal switch that is located on the top of the evaporator coil. It has to be tested while it is cold. Check coninuity and if is shows the switch is open, replace the bi-metal switch.
If the heater and bi-metal check out ok, you will need to replace the mother board.
The heater is the nost common issue with this model.
I hope this helps you and if I can assist you further, please let me know.
i had the same problem and i replaced the defrost heater and it worked fine for about one month but now having the same issue. Most of the time from what I have heard it is the defrost heater (about $60 part). I might have another issue going on with mine like a defrost thermostat. Your defrost heater is right under the panel on the inside of the freezer section. remove white panel on back side of freezer section and remove two screws and two wires and replace it and you should be fine.
I replaced my "entire" ice cube maker (tube,hoses,water pump, ice maker) and it still pooled water at the bottom. I removed the back panel in the freezer and noticed the ciols go through a defrost cycle and water forms in tray under coils. I removed the lower panel on rear of fridge -and found a drain hose near the water solenoid/pump. I blew compressed air into the hose and hopefully unblocked it so it can drain into the pan not the freezer.