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Freezing up The coils in freezer are freezing up ice all over the coils fridge not getting cold .I defrosted coils and replaced thermostat, it did the same thing after about a week.

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  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    We have a JennAire french door style refrigerator that froze up about 6 months ago. The repairman replaced the control board to the tune of $450. Last week the same thing happened. The refrigerator is about 3 1/2 years old and can't fathom spending another $450. Any suggestions?

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Check to see if there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not defrosting as it should.

  • possible causes:
  1. bad defrost timer/control board
  2. bad defrost heater (in freezer)
  3. bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above items. 

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