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Automatic defrost why is the defroster continuously draining?

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Defrost water only drains during the defrost cycle. Defrost frequency depends on make and model of the individual refrigerator/freezer. It could be the time period when you are checking that gives the impression that it is continuously draining.

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  1. Defrost control board
If the defrost function is not working on your refrigerator it could be an issue with the defrost control board. This control board oversees several internal conditions and regulates the activation of the defrost cycle. A faulty board can be the primary reason your refrigeration unit is not transitioning to the defrost cycle. Over time, the buildup of ice on the evaporator coil will prevent the refrigerator and freezer from maintaining proper internal temperature. It is advisable to first check the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat for continuity prior to replacing the defrost control board.
  1. Main control board
A possible cause for a refrigerator not defrosting, especially on more modern units, is the main control board. The main control board acts as a "brain" for the unit controlling the defrost cycle, compressor, and run time, and essentially acts in place of the defrost timer. The control board can be tested using an ohm meter for functionality and will need to be replaced if bad.
  1. Defrost timer
If the refrigerator is not defrosting the timer could be malfunctioning. Numerous times throughout the day the defrost timer should cycle the defrost heater on as a means to melt frost buildup on the evaporator coils in the freezer. If this timer does not cycle on, then it may be faulty and require replacement.
  1. Defrost heater assembly
If your refrigerator is not defrosting accurately this could be an indication that your defrost heater assembly has failed. This could cause the frost to accrue on the evaporator coils, eventually blocking the airflow resulting in the unit not cooling properly. The defrost heater assembly can be monitored for continuity using an ohm meter and will need to replaced if there is none present.
  1. Defrost thermostat
Another cause of your refrigerator not defrosting is a faulty defrost thermostat. A requirement for the defrost heater to activate to melt away frost on the evaporator coils is a functional defrost thermostat. The defrost thermostat senses the temperature of the evaporator coils and initiates the thawing process by activating the defrost heater. If the thermostat is faulty, it will not sense the lowering temperature of the coils and will not turn on the heater, resulting in an advanced frost build-up. The defrost thermostat can be checked for continuity by using an ohm meter; if there is no continuity the damaged part will need to be replaced.
  1. Defrost sensor with fuse
Another possible cause of a refrigerator that does not defrost properly is a defrost sensor with a fuse. If the defrost sensor fails, the fuse acts as a one-time-only fail safe for the sensor -- if the sensor does not shut off the defrost heater, the fuse will blow when the set temperature is reached. This safety precaution is to keep excessive harm from your unit by the heater and is a one-time use, resulting in the replacement of the entire defrost sensor.
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  1. Clogged or freezing defrost drain
If you are experiencing defrost drain issues, it is possibly due to a clogged or freezing drain that is blocking water flow to the bottom of the freezer. This will cause the defrost water to drain and drip down to the bottom of the freezer section. To correct this issue, thaw any ice or remove debris that could be causing the clogged drain or replace the drain heater.
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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly, Either your freezer compartment drain is clogged or your automatic defrost system has a problem. Before you even begin to troubleshoot you should perfrom a MANUAL defrost by UNLPUGGING the unit and placing a fan directed at the freezer cormpartment (less contents) for a little over 2 hours. This is necessary to thaw the ice that is now in the compartment drain. The ice will melt in the drain with the use of the fan over and extended period. It makes a water mess so be prepaird to tend to the drips. After the 2 hours you will need to make sure the compartment drain is clear. You can do this with a vacuum hose in the bottom of the unit on B.L.O.W via the compartment drain tube in the catch basin. You will have to remove the fiberboard rear cover to reach the drain tube end. Before directing any air into the drain tube make sure the end of the drain tube is clear of debris Often over time lint builds up on the end of the tube and can cause a complete blockage right at the the end of the drain tube. Once your sure the drain tube end is clear direct air into the end of the drain tube and listen for airflow in the freezer compartment. After you have established positive air flow via the compartment drain you can restart the unit after loading and re-installing the rear fiberboard cover.

Now... if after a few days the cycle of ice build up repeats and the compartment drain freezes over again you most likely have an automatic defrost problem. The comonn failures in the defrost circuit are the defrost control and the defrost element. I noted your model number was missing the last 3 digits so I chose to use this model as a reference: MSD2651HEW

The defrost heating element is item 7 of this link: (for series 10 models) http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5171213&diagram_id=28488057#d28488057

The Adaptive defrost kit is item 12 this link: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5171213&diagram_id=28488051#d28488051

The Adaptive defrost control is what initiates the defrost cycle.

The wiring diagram for your unit can be found here: (Series 10)
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/frame_diagram.aspx?diagram_id=28488083&pkw_=basket&model_id=5171213&NewWindow=1

You should be able to check continuity of the Defrost element by reading pin 4 of the 6 pin connector to pine 2 of the 9 pin connector. If this reads open then either the heating element or defrost terminator / themostat has failed.

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Hopefully there is enough information here to help you sort out what is wrong.
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Check the temperature setting
Assure that there is enough room for air flow in the freezer or freezer
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Test the temperature control
Clean the condensor coils
Check the door seals
Test the door switch
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Test evaporator fan
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Check the temperature setting
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Hissing and popping is normal, it is the defrost heater.
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If the defrost thermostat is bad it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.


Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help.
Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.

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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

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