Rubber door gaskets very warm to touch, ice cream soft, ice ok
My Kitchenaid built-in KSSC42QMS01 is very warm around the rubber gasket areas and the frame areas they seal to. I have vaccumed the coils and checked for air flow issues and tried turning the fridge off and back on. This was interesting because the freezer temperature showed zero before I turned it off and 12 degrees when I turned it back on 30 seconds later. The ice cream is softer than normal (usually very hard) but the ice maker is working fine.
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Re: rubber door gaskets very warm to touch, ice cream...
The icemaker will work until the frezer gets to 17 then it will quit sound like a defrost issue defrost heater defrost thermastat or defrost timer need to get it fixed sooooooon you dont want to loose food at the price we have to pay
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There is some cooling in the freezer which is allowing the temp to raise above freezing for a brief period. Check gaskets and or the temp setting. Is ice cream hard or soft. Ice cream freezes at around 15-18 degrees. My guess is that the door gasket is allowing air inside the box.
Feel the front of the cabinet where to door gaskets mate to the chassis. It should be warm but not quite warm to hot. If it is quite warm to hot.... open the back of the unit and clean off the condensor coils and fan.
Not warm or hot:
You may have an automatic defrosting problem or an evaporator fan that is not running at full speed / at all.
Take a look at the back of the freezer compartment. Look for frost build up on the rear access panel. If you note excessive frost on the access panel then you probably have an automatic defrost problem where as one of the following has failed:
Defrost temp sensor or thermostat.
However.. you noted the evaporator fan not running of running slow that would also cause frost build up.
When the ice cream is getting soft... it is telling you there is a problem. Softening ice cream is always the best indication of a freezer problem.
Hello, Thank You for using FixYa. I will be helping you today.If it is hot to the touch it is either because the condenser fan failed or the condenser is dirty.Check the fan in back of the unit make sure it runs when the compressor is on. If it doesn't run with the compressor replace it. If it does then you need to clean the back vents in the cardboard and under the front of the unit. One of these will correct your issue. This area should be warm at times just not hot. It prevents moisture.
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As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...
Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...
Many models of refrigerators have a heating element around where the gasket seals to the fridge. This is to prevent ice buildup around the doors that would prevent the doors from closing all the way.
If you haven't noticed any other problems with the cooling of your unit, you're refrigerator is running exactly the way it was designed.
Take the door off. You will find a 1/4" screw every 3" to 5" all the way around the door. Remove every one of them. It amy take a couple trips around to get all of them. Before you attempt to install the gasket, soak it in hot water for about an hour (while you are removing the old gasket). This will soften the rubber so that you can work with it. After you have replaced the gasket and re-installed the door. Take a rag soaked in hot water and wipe it slowly around the gasket. This will warm it again. Now take Vaseline and smear a small amount all around the gasket. Close the door and let sit for 15 to 20 mins. Now take a dollar bill, open the door and close it on the bill so that a end of the bill is sticking out. Now pull the bill out slowly. The gasket should have a snug grip on the dollar. If not re-heat it then close the door so that the magnet will pull and stretch the gasket until it touches the box. Do this all around the door to insure that the rubber of the gasket has expanded and allowed the magnet to reach the fridge case. If you take your time, you should have no problem. Good luck
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If frost is front towards door then the seal is not sealing well . Use a hair dryer on portion which is not touching cabinet . Also check for split somewhere on gasket & if found , replace gasket . If frost on the rear wall of freezer , then a defrost problem could be starting in which the fridge section would be warming up . However , bottom freezers are known for their gaskets not to seat properly .
If the mullion heater around the doors is hot to the touch the inside temperatures are not being maintained. They should be warm but not hot. This usually indicates a problem in the internal temperatures. Check the back wall of the freezer section for frost buildup. Your defrost system may not be working and it had not gotten to the point of complete failure as far as you noticing the temperature differences yet.