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Defrost heater The evaporator will freeze up with lots of ice. The defrost heater is getting hot, but not glowing red like I have seen on other elements in the past. Is this one supposed to glow red?

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Very possible thaT hte heater wont GLOW red. so long as its coming on nat all you r good. heater cant be half good its all or nothing

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Model GSS25SGMCBS coil freezes.heater checkedout ok service man changed the circuit board for $312.After 3 days, same problem again. Freeze temp ok but refrigirator sectio quit working after coil freezes....


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I bought a maytag side by side in 2002; model # MSD2454GRQ, SN 18157432AL, REV # 18. Ice is forming at the bottom of the maytag freezer department. Overnight ice will form at about 1/8 inch and left has...


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Won,t get cold freezer side not freezing it is a ge side by side . ice is present at the back of freezer side


The problem is most likely the defrost heater element(s) and/or the defrost timer. The defrost heater element(s) are located with the evaporator core behind the access panel inside of the freezer, and can be removed, tested with an ohm meter, (any reading other than infinity would most likely mean the heater element is functional) and replaced if necessary. The defrost timer can be located inside of the refrigerator, or outside of the refrigerator behind the front kick panel, or behind the rear access cover on the back of the refrigerator.

Usually if the evaporator core is freezing up and not allowing air to flow through the evaporator core, (necessary for the system to function properly) then the defrost timer is most likely working and the defrost heater element(s) would most likely be at fault.

Always place a towel on the bottom of the freezer and use a blow dryer to defrost the evaporator core and never use any sharp or hard objects to pick away the ice or the evaporator core can be damaged and the refrigerant will be leak from the system.

I have included some images to help assist you including an image of a defrost timer that is located inside of the refrigerator, and a new defrost heater element or defrost timer can be purchased from an appliance parts distributor.

Let me know if you require any further assistance.


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Refregarator get defrost at the meant time, frezer working well.


The problem is most likely the defrost heater element(s) and/or the defrost timer. The defrost heater element(s) are located with the evaporator core behind the access panel inside of the freezer, and can be removed, tested with an ohm meter, (any reading other than infinity would most likely mean the heater element is functional) and replaced if necessary. The defrost timer can be located inside of the refrigerator, or outside of the refrigerator behind the front kick panel, or behind the rear access cover on the back of the refrigerator.

Usually if the evaporator core is freezing up and not allowing air to flow through the evaporator core, (necessary for the system to function properly) then the defrost timer is most likely working and the defrost heater element(s) would most likely be at fault.

Always place a towel on the bottom of the freezer and use a blow dryer to defrost the evaporator core and never use any sharp or hard objects to pick away the ice or the evaporator core can be damaged and the refrigerant will be leak from the system.

I have included some images to help assist you, and a new defrost heater element or defrost timer can be purchased from an appliance parts distributor.


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This is a new fridge and the element located in the lower freezer behind the pull out drawer is red hot with water dripping on it? we had the same problem with our old fridge and this is why we replaced...


the element you see in the back of the freezer compartment is the defrost heater. your frig will defrost 2-3 times every 24 hours for 15-30 minutes. when its in a defrost cycle the element will get hot and melt the frost that has built up on the cooling coils from normal operation. the melted frost will then drip down ..some will hit the heater and sizzle,most will drip onto a tray and go down a small drain into a pan under the frig and then evaporate out.. Also ,it doesnt defrost at the same time each day., it is based on how much the frig runs and the electronic control will figure out when it it time to initiate a defrost..the red glow and the sizzling is normal and only lasts a short time....

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I have a ge side by side model tfx24s the freeze is leaking and i removed the lower tray and seen a coil get glowing red is that common


Yes, the glowing red would be the defrost heater doing it's job. (it usually is on for maybe 20 minutes once or twice a day to defrost the coils) There is a drain hole, about the size of a quarter at the center, just below the defrost heater which can block up, causing the defrost water to flow out onto the freezer floor and eventually out the freezer door. Use a turkey baster with hot (not boiling) water to flush the drain open. If you can't reach the drain, try a section of tubing pushed onto the end of the turkey baster to add a flexible extention to your reach. The defrost water normally drains into a pan under the refrigerator where it will evaporate.

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warm between doors is normal. if hot then clean coils and if coils clean make sure condenser fan motor working thats the fan in the back compartment, however if warm thats good. did the evaporator coil freeze from top to btm is that why u replaced heater. if it was then could be heater,if the coil is only getting frost on half the coil,you could have a sealed system problem. is the evaporator motor working in the frz side if not,then that could be the problem.if coil is froze up it needs to be defrosted. did you defrost coil when you replaced heater,if not try defrosting coils and then wait about 12 hrs and see how it does.

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Hi, With the information you supplied i'm going to assume there is an ice build up at the rear of the freezer. Your problem is going to be with your defrost system. I will also assume you have the ability to repair this yourself. This is going to be one of three problems with your refridgerator, 1st thing to do is remove shelfs and panel in the back of the freezer...you should see ice build up on the evaporator...don't worry get a hair dryer and melt the ice. Next locate the wires for the heater...using a multi meter test the heater for condinuity...if the heater is bad replace it, If the heater is good replace the defrost thermostat..the stat normally is a barrel looking part clipped onto the evaporator pipe. The last possible problem could be the evaporator fan, have you heard the fan running in the past few hours?..if you are not sure pull the panel out to where you can see fan and watch it over an hour to see if it turns. I have included links with pictures of what the parts you need to check are: http://romulusappliance.com/manufacturers/maytag/refrigerators/575432.JPG defrost stat http://www.hotekalliance.com/UploadFiles/2008627111553382.jpg heaters http://www.applianceblog.com/archives/EvapMotor1018185.jpg evap fan. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to comment again. If you decide to get a repair guy in should not cost you any more then $120 - $200 depending on make/model/problem Good luck! P.s please don't forget to rate my solution....Mike

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