Ice cube maker and fan has stopped working in the freezer section,and ice has started to appear half wY up the freezer section,can anyone help?
Ice accumulation may or may not be related to the failure of ice maker and fan. If the fan has simply failed, then frost will build up as a result of cold air not being circulated in the freezer. If there is no evidence of physical impedance such as accumulated ice blocking operation of the fan; remove the fan, check function outside the unit and replace the fan if it does not work when you apply AC. Avoid electrical shock!
The major cause for ice appearing in freezer: When the defrost cycle begins, the freezer elements are heated to melt accumulated frost. If the melt water is blocked from draining, ice will build up from repeated freezing and melting, thereby decreasing functionality to the point of complete failure. You must find the blockage and remove it.
Blockage is from food particles which have entered the drainage tube and failed to pass to the evaporating pan located in the area of the compressor which from the heat of the compressor allows drainage water to evaporate. The principle is simple and direct, but accessing the components to remove the blockage without permanently damaging the fridge can be frustrating, and will be messy dealing with accumulated ice while the contents of the freezer you placed on your kitchen table are defrosting. Removing ice is best accomplished by melting it with a good hair dryer. Big towels, water collecting pans, patience and extreme persistence are also required. You will be amazed at the amount of ice you will be dealing with. Unplug the fridge and do not chip at the ice.
If your unit is still under warranty, do not hesitate to call for repairs. When the service person attends the problem, watch carefully, note the sequence of operations, closely observe his or her technique, because this will happen again. Clearing this ice can cost you $300 or more each visit.
Some designs have called for a restricting nipple located at the end of the tube supplying the evaporation pan. This serves to impede the tiniest of debris inside the tube, progressively freezing the blocked water up to and beyond the drain located under the freezing fins then into the freezing compartment itself. Remove that nipple! Your repairman will not remove it because it voids the warranty if you still have one. The nipple is there to assure the industry you will be buying another $2000 unit soon.
My first fridge lasted 37 years before I decided to purchase a new one due to increasing inefficiency. I unblocked its drain tube twice in those 37 years. There were no restricting devices. The particles were simply inevitable chunks which got caught over time and unlike modern units, were easy to access. That unit was a large GE frost-less, We were careful through the years to keep dust from the condenser coils..... so we thought. When I got the unit into the yard, I tipped it forward to discover dust impacted around the 18 inch condenser coil stack inaccessible when the fridge was in the kitchen. A high pressure water source was required to blast away that densely compacted dust. After the unit dried, I plugged it in and the efficiency was as good as new, but I already had a new unit filled with food, standing in the kitchen where the old GE once stood. Despite that, the new fridge uses only an average of 30 watts continuous power, cutting my electric bill in half, paying for itself in saved power consumption over three years.
Regarding the new unit, I had to clear the melt tube twice. First time under warranty, second and last time after I fixed it. My brother bought the very same unit, having refused the expensive extended warranty, called me about two years after purchasing it mentioning ice accumulation in his freezer. I told him what to do over the phone. He bought me some beer.
Jan 20, 2016 |