Question about Frigidaire Freezers
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Frigidaire along with Whirlpool use the shortest defrost cycle on the market. 20 and 21 minutes. Pathetically short.
1. One method is to remove the main heater, and using a piece of #14 solid copper wire, wrap one end very tightly about 6 turns around the heater with the leftover long enough to stick well into the drain hole. Reinsert the heater feeding the copper end into the drain hole. It's a fit and trial method and should extend at least 2" into the drain hole. This will transfer heat directly from the heater to the copper wire and aid in keeping the drain from freezing shut.
2. Changing the timer. If your machine uses a standard 4 prong timer, see if you can buy an Amana or Maytag timer. Their defrost cycles run between 30 and 35 minutes. Huge difference, but you'll need a real savvy counter man at the parts house to get you set up. I do this all the time.
3. Defrost thermostat. This is the small round disk clipped to the top of the coil. Looks like this.
You won't be able to buy it as a Frigidaire part. GE makes it as a kit with all the accessories to install. The part number is WR50X45, WR50X50 ect. The last 2 numbers are the temperature. You want to bump it up at least 5 degrees. The temp is stamped on your old tstat.
For example, if your's is a 50 degree tstat replace it with a WR50X55.
You can choose to do one or all of the above as you see fit, however, In some cases where the water has overflowed and gotten behind the aluminum plate that serves as the drain pan and backing plate, it can saturate the styrofoam and causing it to draw the heat away and nullifying all your work.
If you feel that might be the case, you must unplug the machine and air dry it for at least 2 days. I know, but haste makes waste when dealing with refrigeration equipment.
Good luck my friend. Your not alone with this problem.
Posted on May 13, 2010
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