Question about Jenn-Air 21.6 cu. ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator with Filtered Ice and Water
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Guys first make sure the freezer fan is working, then remove the lower rear panel in the freezer and inspect the coil for excessive frost, if there is than use a hair dryer to thaw coil completely. If you guys then post your full model #'s i can help with figuring out why the defrost cycle isnt working.
Posted on Jan 10, 2008
The auto defrost timer was broken, so my refrigerator repairman replaced it. The part is about $60. The bigger expense was the labor getting to the timer, which is in the upper right hand corner of the refrigerator within the plastic casing that houses the temperature control levers. He then had to remove the panels of the freezer and defrost the coils with a blow heater. It took several hours.
Posted on Feb 29, 2008
I believe I solved my own problem. First, I defrosted the coils on the freezer side. This is done by turning off power to the refrigerator and using a hair drier to defronst. This takes about 20 minutes. To open the panels, unscrew the top two hex head screws just slightly. Then unscrew the next lower two hex head screws all the way and remove two panels revealing the frosted coils and the fan. It is easy to unscrew these using a screwdriver-type wrench. As the defrosting takes only a short time, I did not have to throw away any food. We have this same refrigerator in two houses, main house and vacation house, and I have used this method a couple of times on each refrigerator. The problem arises when, in warm weather, someone leaves the door open. One time it happened because a cardboard case of 12 oz sodas was preventing the door from shutting all the way. For that particular box, which is used in CocaCola products, you have to put the back of the box over the top of the shelf ridge; otherwise the box protrudes a bit too much in the front.
The above method did not work completely the last time I tried it. There was a warm spot in the middle of the rifrigerator side while the freezer side worked okay. To fix this new problem, after checking all coolness settings, I removed the assembly in the top of the refrigerator side--the control temperature control unit. The temperature control assmembly is mechanical and consists of just two levers that control the flow of air from a vent in the upper left corner of the refrigerator side. (My unit has the freezer on the right hand side.) The levers (for refrigerator temperature and freezer temperature) just open and close the vent. Another vent on the left middle of the refrigerator side controls flow to the middle. I had already opened this. When I loosened the temperature control assembly (four hex-head screws and two Phillips-head screws), I discovered that a piece of styrofoam had lodged in the air passageway between the freezer section and the refrigerator section. I removed this.
Unfortunately, I inadvertently broke off a plastic tab holding the canopy that covers the temperature control assembly. This caused me to do a lot of swearing. Nevertheless, I overcame the problem by purchasing a small shelf support that screws into the rear panel of the refrigerator. These are available on-line or from an appliance store. To avoid breaking off the tab, gently pull the canopy forward to allow the tabs on each (rear) side to be disengaged through two rectangular holes in the canopy. Gently work the tabs through these two holes.
After working on the canopy for awhile, I was afraid that the freezer coils may have gathered some ice. If so, I would have to re-defrost these. All was okay though.
One more thing: be sure that there is room for air to flow near the top shelf of the refrigerator. Stacking up too many things on that shelf deflects the airflow. When trying to get the refrigerator side working correctly, I removed everything from this top shelf. Cooling was perfect, so I added a few items to the top shelf, and everything continued to work just right.
Yet another thing: I figured out that the noise I had noticed came from the filter bottle that had outlived its usefulness. Rather than buy another filter bottle, I just ordered two dummy filters. I have given up on the actual filters because they cost $50 apiece and last for about four months. I can't taste the difference either in Los Gatos California, or Tahoe City, California. Of course, I had thrown away the dummy filters for my two refrigerators, but I was glad to see that these can be ordered on-line.
Posted on Oct 15, 2008
SOURCE: Jenn-Air freezer leak
Apparently it is the drain behind the freezer panel on the inside and it is blocked. It needs to be unblocked and cleaned. You remove the food and the rear panel on the inside of the freezer. With a hair dryer (carefully) remove all ice build up and then unblock the drain line going to the pan under the refrigerator. The drain line can be cleaned with bi-carb and hot water (not boiling).
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
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