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I bought a Frigidaire model FRS6LF7J almost a year ago and it's the 4th time I have to call a technician. The ice maker area starts making a Very Loud noise and after that just stops working and the freezer defrosts, and the guy said it builds up ice where the fan is. How this can be solved, since he looks like has not a clue? ' He doesn't know if it builds up moisture or what,, but the fan gets covered with ice. We have that in a normal cold, as well as the fridge area Is this a common problem in this model? Thanks in advance!

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It should still be covered under the full manufacturing warranty but...

DEFROST PROBLEM
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(disconnect the two wires plugged into it and twist them together) 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 heater is 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 timer you 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.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

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  • jashley460 Oct 30, 2010

    I have the same model with the same problem. The ice build up on the fan is coming from the top near the gutter tube that fills the ice maker. It collects all down the back of the freeze until finally covering the fan. I have tried enclosing the gutter tube in case the pressure is too high and the water is splashing over. My other problem is i have water coming out the front of the door every so often.

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Are your door seals in good shape? as in no wrinkles,kinks,cuts that could let in warm air and condense on or near the fan,then the defrost thermostat would sense this build-up of frost/ice and start a new defrost cycle to clear this problem

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

Testimonial: "it looks like it closes just fine... Thanks for your ideas, I will let the techincian know this and maybe it helps. I will post the results!"

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