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My freezer accumulated frost so I turned it off for three days to defrost and I just had the defrost limit replaced on my refrigerator. But now my refrigerator has the worst smell.I am not sure if it has the drip condensation pan under it or not. I have tried looking for it butI can't find it. Please help.

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Use an old window spray bottle (or similar) to spray the interior of the fridge with a strong solution of clorine bleach(with the windows open)that should clean out the drip vent and also clean the drip pan.then let it dry naturally,the clorine will dissipate and leave no residue....smell gone..

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I have a side by side whirlpool fridge and the freezer is fine but the fridge is now freezing everything. It's about 11 years old.


Since you stand to loose all the food I would call a service tech ASAP. But here are the most common reasons for the problem you have.
Cause 1
The Evaporator Coils are Frosted Over The defrost heater assembly turns on a few times throughout the day to melt away any frost that may have accumulated on the evaporator coils. If the defrost heater assembly is defective, frost will continue to accumulate on the evaporator coils, and the coils will become plugged with frost. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, the airflow through the coils will be restricted, causing the refrigerator not to cool. Check the evaporator coils to determine if they are frosted over. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, test each component of the defrost system.
Cause 2
Evaporator Fan Motor The evaporator fan motor draws cold air over the evaporator coils and circulates it throughout the freezer. If the evaporator fan is not working, the freezer or refrigerator will not cool adequately. To determine if the evaporator fan motor is defective, try turning the fan blade by hand. If the fan blade does not turn freely, replace the fan motor. Additionally, if the motor is unusually noisy, replace it. Finally, if the motor does not run at all, use a multimeter to test the motor windings for continuity. If the windings do not have continuity, replace the evaporator fan motor..
Cause 3
Damper Control Assembly The air damper control opens and closes to let the proper amount of cold air into the refrigerator compartment. If the damper does not open properly, it won't let enough cold air into the refrigerator. Check the damper control to determine if it is broken or stuck closed.

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Defrosting Problem


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Did you try unpluging all the cords from back for 3 hours and then plug it back in.This is know as a hard reset.

Jun 13, 2008 | GE Monogram ZICS360NRRH C... Bottom...

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Build up of frost in freezer and fridge not getting cold. Defrosted everything over night and plugged back in. Both freezer and fridge working now. Advanced defrost timer manually and fridge shut down. How...


Hi,
Frost accumulating on the freezer is an indication of a defrost failure. It likely has one of three failures.
1 Bad defrost heater.
2 Bad defrost termination switch.
3 Failed defrost timer
In order to confirm, which has gone wrong manually advance this refrigerator into a defrost cycle. This is done by doing the following in order:
1. Disconnect power to the unit for at least 30 seconds
2. Turn the thermostat to off position (leave it off)
3. Reconnect power
In a few minutes, if you can hear a hissing noise in the freezer or see a red glow from the heater, it
indicates the timer is not advancing and will need to be replaced.
If nothing happens when the defrost timer is manually advanced, some voltage and resistance checks will need to be made. I recommend having a technician make these checks.

Hope this helps.

Shane

Apr 24, 2011 | GE GTS22KBP Top Freezer Refrigerator

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Defrost not working heavy ice build up around coils


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Frost is a natural occurrence on the evaporator coils in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. To prevent frost buildup, a self-defrosting refrigerator warms the coils using a defrost heater several times each day to melt away the frost. This frost melts into water and flows out of the compartment through the drain. If any part of the defrost system is not working properly, the result can be heavy frost buildup that may affect the cooling capacity of the refrigerator.

The defrost timer is a mechanism that tells the defroster how long to run to melt the frost. The limit switch measures the temperature in the freezer and helps to maintain it, while the heater is the key element that melts the frost. Any one of these components could need replacement at a given time, which will result in this over-frosting.
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Amana AFB2534 freezer is regularly getting frost buildup at the back. first 2 times it was so bad that it blocked the vent & prevented cold air from reaching the refrigerator. Freezer just doesn't seem...


This is either of three defrost parts. The timer, heater or defrost limit switch. Most amana's I fix have a bad limit switch which is clipped to the freezer coils directly. Spin your defrost timer till it clicks and check the same frost laden wall to see if the frost starts to steam and melt. If not, unplug the fridge, then try disconnecting the limit switch and join those 2 wires together. Replug and see if the heater starts steaming. If it doesn't it is most likely the timer. The heater is usually the last thing to die, unless your heaters are encased in glass. In which case a quick visual inspection for decay and separation will pinpoint the problem.

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The refrigerator freezer is heavily frosting I cleaned it out and it is still frosting. What should I do?


Sir,

If the freezer fan is running (when the compressor is running), read on, otherwise replace the freezer fan. The defrost system has failed. There are three components, and I recommend replacing all three. These include a defrost timer (usually located somewhere in the food compartment, on the rear of the fridge, or behind the kickplate), and a defrost heater and defrost bi-metal (both located in the freezer section where the coils are. I recommend you unplug the unit overnight to allow the ice to melt before doing this repair.

You have a defrost problem which is common to all frost free refrigerators. To get you through until a diagnosis can be made, remove all the food from your freezer section and then the rear evaporator panel. With a hair dryer, remove all the frost you see behind the panel. Put it back together and your unit will work again for about 5 days until it start building up with frost again.

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Aug 17, 2009 | GE Refrigerators

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I have a top freezer/refrigerator and notice that ice is accumulating in the freezer and underneath the freezer in the fridge. What are my settings supposed to be set at? What should I do?


It sounds as if your refrigerator has stopped automatic defrosting of the evaporator coil or has a plugged defrost drain.. Below is some information provided by: www.repairclinic.com, to help you understand what may be wrong with your unit. If it is not cooling properly, you may be able to get it cooling again, temporarily by removing all perishable items, unplugging the unit, and allowing it to stand idle wth the doors open. This will allow the ice to melt, which will allow air flow to resume normally through the unit. Allow several hours for the ice to thaw completely, then close the doors and return it to an operational status. Put water in both compartments and when satisfied with the results of temperature, i.e. frozen in freezer and cold in fresh food compartment, you can put perishables back in. This will allow normal operation for only about a week until the defective part gets replaced, then it will start warming up again.
If the drain is plugged then the diagrams should show the routing so you can clean it out.
Today, all but the smaller, apartment-sized refrigerators are self-defrosting. Self-defrosting means what it implies--though frost continues to accumulate inside the refrigerator, it melts automatically. The self-defrosting system has three functional components:

Defrost timer
Defrost heater
Defrost thermostat.
Defrost timer The timer is like a clock. It continually advances, 24 hours a day. Every 6 to 8 hours, the timer turns off the cooling system of the refrigerator and turns on the defrost heater.

Defrost heater The defrost heater is similar to the burners on an electric stove. It's located just beneath the cooling coils, which are concealed behind a panel in the freezer compartment. The heater gets hot. And, because it's close to the cooling coils, any ice or frost build-up melts.

As the frost and ice melt, the resulting water drips into a trough. The trough is connected to a tube that drains the water into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator. The water is then evaporated by a fan that blows warm air from the compressor motor over the pan and out the front of the refrigerator.

Defrost thermostat The process ends after either the amount of time specified on the timer or when the defrost thermostat near the cooling coils senses that the heat near the coils has reached a specific temperature.


Detailed parts diagram:
http://www.repairclinic.com/Refrigerator-Freezer-On-Top-Appliance-Diagram

Aug 13, 2009 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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Lots of water in bottom of refrigerator


Every ten to twelve hours or more irregular intervals if equipped with an adaptive defrost control your refrigerator activates a heating element around the evaporator to defrost the accumulation of frost that develops on the evaporator. Behind the back panel there is an evaporator pan it has a rubber grommet with a hole in it this is your defrost drain hose it is clogged. Unplug or switch refrigerator off at breaker panel, remove panel covering evaporator area (rear panel in freezer), use a hair dryer or hot water to unclog defrost drain a turkey baster works well to make sure the hose is unclogged.
the water that drains down this hose accumulates in the defrost drain pan in the base of the refrigerator under normal operation the heat from the refrigeration system evaporates this water. The drain pan has a limited capacity so do not poor more than 20-25oz of hot water down the hose after you unclog it. If you poor to much it wont hurt anything just make a mess youll have to clean up.

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Eaton viking fridge model RF1717


hi The limit switch is found only on frost-free refrigerators and freezers. Its function is to keep the defrost heating element from exceeding certain set temperatures. If a refrigerator has lots of frost in the freezer compartment, the problem may be the limit switch. However, other components -- the evaporator fan, the defrost timer, and the defrost heater -- can cause the same problem. Check these for malfunctions, as detailed below. If these parts are in working condition, the problem is most likely in the limit switch. Don't try to fix the limit switch yourself; call a professional service person for replacement.

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Have a built in with bottom freezer. freezer works great for three or four days, then coil freezes up solid. i get out the old hair dryer and in about an hour i can defrost the coil.three or four days...


Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer

  • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)

  • The defrost heater

If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem

Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.
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