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The Freezer keeps freezing up right around the blower so no cold air can get down to the refrigerator. The freezer works but not able to use refrigerator.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.

There is a very remote possibility that nothing has gone bad.. Sometimes the freezer drain gets clogged and the unit just continues to build ice. However.. most of the time there is an automatic defrost circuit problem that because it does not defrost automatically the ice builds up.

The problem can be caused by several components:

1. The defrost control
2. 60 deg bi-metal thermostat is open
3. Defrost heater has burned out.
4. Broke or heated / burned wire / terminal
5. Evaporator fan is not running full speed.


If you pass your make and model number, I can help you isolate the problem if your able to use a meter and do some basic mechanical work.

What you can for the moment is do a manual defrost... This makes a mess so be ready with the mop and rags. Here goes:

Manual defrosting the easy way.

UNPLUG THE UNIT

1. Remove the contents of the freezer compartment.
2. Block open the door.
3. Place a ;fan blowing into the freezer compartment for a little over 2 hours... (Messy part)
4. After the 2 hours and mess tending your manual defrosting is complete.
5. Reload the freezer and plug the unit back in.
6. Check temps in 4 - 6 hours.

You will need to go through this routine every 2 to 3 days... if you want your unit to keep the correct temps until the automatic defrosting problem is corrected.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Kelly

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