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Freezer is frosting up and refridg. is leaking water inside, now it seems refridg. isn't cooling, but freezer is still frosting up. HELP

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The problem you are having is in the the defrost system. Every 8 - 10 hours the cooling will stop for a short period and heat is applied to the evaporator (cooling coils) to clear the frost. Something has failed in your defroster system.

All the cooling takes place in the freezer section and the internal fan moves the cold around the freezer and into the fresh food side. If your defrost cycle is not working the first place you will notice the warming is in the refrigerator then it will move to the freezer.

To fix this problem you will need to unthaw the evaporator coils. Remove the food and shelves from the freezer, then take off the panel that is behind the shelves in the freezer and you will see the frozen coils, use a hair dryer and or hot water to clear the frost. Be sure the cord to the frig is unplugged. You can also just turn off the refrigerator and open the doors for a couple days and let it unthaw by itself. Either way works, just have lots of towels handy as when the frost melts it makes a mess.

Once the frost is gone you need to find out which part failed. There are 3 components.

- Defrost heater, this is located just below the cooling coils, it can be tested with an ohmmeter, if under 100 ohms it is good, if it is bad it will read open.

- Defrost Thermostat, this is a bimetal that attaches to the top of the cooling coil. This should read 0 ohms when cold.

- Defrost control, this could be either electronic or mechanical depending on your model. If the other two parts are good this is bad

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