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My reach-in frig. building ice around the coil & then the temp. starts rising

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Sounds like a defrost problem. 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
  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. If it still has a problem then it might be the compressor and you should probably replace the machine.

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The bottom of my Panasonic frig freezer NR-B29SG2 keeps forming ice making it difficult to open the bottom drawer


Confirm that the seal around the door is tight.
Confirm that the door is fully closed with no obstructions and the door alignment is correct.
Confirm no ice between door and seal.

Using a strip of paper test the tension between the door and seal around the door.

Check the freezer temperature.

It is possible that the defrost cycle has stopped operating. Usually the self defrost will prohibit proper cooling as the ice builds up on the cooling coils. Look for ice build up on the cooling coils/vent openings.

Check the freezer and refrigerator temperatures.

Hope this has helped?

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Fridge section not cooling enough but freezer OK


Is the fan blowing in the freezer section? Also, check to see if you have airflow thru the damper (vent) in the frig section.

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My GE profile side by side frig goes into defrost mode more often, every 1-2 days. Temps go up to 46 degrees for frig and 8 degrees for freezer. It doesn't take too long before it cools back down. Is...


. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can't flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

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.
You can also bypass(disconnect the two wires plugged into it and twist them together) the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

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I have a model ed2nhgxtq00 whirlpool refrigerator. The problem I am having is that it doesn't make ice as fast as it used to. What do I need to do? Thanks!


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

First off check the freezer door switch for operation. Depress the plunger and make sure the light goes off when the door switch plunger is depressed. Light stays on = bad door switch / no ice production as the door switch provides power to the ice-maker when the door is closed.
Additionally in your case make sure that the evaporator fan is running at full speed. A slow running evaporator fan will cause the freezer compartment cooling to suffer.

Another thing that can cause the freezer temps to start rising is dirty condenser coils in the bottom of the unit. Make sure that the coils are free of lint and that the condenser fan is running at full speed. Usually when there is a problem with the condenser coil air-flow the cabinet of the unit will be VERY warm to the touch on the front in the door seal area. It is supposed to be warm.... just not VERY warm.

Here is a link to the steps on how to troubleshoot an ice-maker.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=12&newsdesk_id=34

Let me just add that many ice-maker related problems are due to the freezer temp rising above 16 deg F. The freezer starts warming up due to ice build up on the evaporator coils and then the internal air-flow is blocked by the ice build up causing the temps to rise. Look closely at the back of the unit for any signs of ice build up.
If you see ice build up......
1. Unplug the unit
2. Remove the freezer contents
3. Place a fan directing air into the freezer for just over 2 hours. (Water mess!)
4. Clean up the excess water and restart the unit. (Add freezer content)
5. After 8 - 10 hours check for NORMAL ice production.

If after doing the above you have ice NORMAL production then most likely you have an automatic defrosting problem.

If it still does not make ice, the steps in the link above will isolate what has failed in the ice-maker.

Before testing the ice-maker using the steps in the link.. I recommend you peform a manual defrost with a fan. If 8 - 10 hours after the manual defrrost you do not have ice production,, use the link and troubleshoot the ice maker.

Here is a 2nd link for ice-maker troubleshooting that includes testing the optical system of the ice-maker:
http://adcxns1.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/8527f904cc8ea8cd85256b5800672333/$FILE/4322658A.pdf

Your ice-maker parts and refrigerator can be found here:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5135173&diagram_id=28114824#d28114824

The above link goes directly to the ice-maker but, using the diagrams on the left side of the page it will bring up all other sections also if you click on them.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

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The fan in my freezer was making a loud noice for several weeks as if it was having a hard time starting & now it is not working at all. The temp. in the freezer still remains the same. What will that...


Without a freezer fan the temp. in the frig will rise and the milk will spoil. After more days the temp. in the freezer will rise as well. Without a freezer fan the air is not moving, so naturally the the evaporator will ice up. Worst case the motor will smell like burnt. the frig will suffer 1st then the freezer. someone can get sick be careful. hope this was helpful replace the motor

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I have a Jenn-Air side by side frig. The freezer side cools too cold, the frig side not enough. 2 weeks ago I took all the food out of freezer and noticed ice build up on back. I unplugged unit, let it...


If the freezer is staying cold it sounds like a defrost system problem. A bad timer, heater or thermostat can cause frost to build up on the coils and block air flow to the refrig side. Check out ACMEHowTo.com for troubleshooting the defroster problem.
There is a small duct between the freezer and refrigerator side if this is blocked the frig side won't cool.

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You may have to remove the rear inside freezer panel to access this drain , depending on your model number . So make sure the drainhole is open. When it happened to mine this was the problem.

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No, A compressor will get hot for about three reasons.

Low refridgerant.
Lack of airflow, (maybe due to very dirty coils or bad condensor coil fan on modes with a fan)
Or high amp draw. (which would mean you have a bad compressor)

Its more common to be one of the first two, especially low refridgerant.

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