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The front grill is frozen with ice that caused the leaking in the front and it turns off automatically. Please, help. My single unit is only 2 years old, no longer under warranty. Your help would most appreciated.

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Check the filter first....then the fan.....if both are ok.....it's prolly low on freon.

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Fridge section has ceased to work, no longer stays cold.


Check Warranty? Some parts of the refrigerator may have extended warranty.

Likely one of two problems. Either the defrost cycle is not working or the cooling is not working.

Look for ice build up inside around the back of the unit.
26160077-ai3unifkpfov1uv0qrlw5ags-5-0.jpg If ice has built up on the back wall it is a sure tell that the defrost cycle is not working and the air flow is restricted by the ice built up around the cooling coils resulting in not cooling.

First try would be to empty the unit and allow with the doors open 24 hours with heat to melt the ice. Afterwards start normally and hope that the problem doesn't return. There is a tube that needs to thaw from the bottom of the coils that is known to freeze preventing a satisfactory defrost. This tube takes time to defrost if frozen closed.

If problem returns in a day or two then more troubleshooting is required. The heater, defrost sensor and depending on the model, timer may need to be replaced. This is far less expense then replacing the unit and I would be inclined to repair the unit.

No ice built up on back wall of unit does not mean that the defrost cycle is working so check for air flow coming out of the vents. If the air flow appears to be restricted it still could be frozen cooling coils and requires defrost.(see above)

If defrost is not the culprit than reread the warranty. It is likely the unit has a leak and the Freon is low or the compressor is failing. Check the fan located at the bottom from the rear or check for airflow from the front grill. Remove grill and check for massive lint and dust build up restricting the airflow before deciding to replace.

The cost of leak repair or compressor replacement can exceed the present value of the unit and could be better applied against the cost of unit replacement.

Hope this helps?
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Apr 11, 2016 | Miele KFN12923 SD-2 Fridge Freezer, A...

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After 20 yrs of perfect operation, my hotpoint side-by-side is leaking water outside the unit in front. noting is defrosting.


Hello;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.


You have ice buildup on the bottom of your freezer. Two things will cause this:

1.) A frozen drain. This is common. You unit goes through a defrost cycle every 8-10 hours for 20-30 minutes. Everything shuts down except for the lights. You defrost heater is turned on. If your drain is frozen the condensate has no where to go except for the bottom of the freeze.


2.) A restriction in your refrigerant seal system capillary tube or you have a refrigerant leak. If you have a block of ice build up in the upper right hand corner of you freezer evaporator (Cooling) coil, then you have a major problem. You are probably looking a $450.00 + repair.

You will have to remove the freezer back wall cover to determine which situation you have.

Dec 07, 2014 | Hotpoint Refrigerators

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What would cause my ice maker to leak into the plastic ice bucket?


The most likely cause is the fill valve is leaking and causing the ice maker to overfill. Try a new fill valve. Usually located on the rear of the appliance. (where you hook the water line to).

May 02, 2014 | Whirlpool GZ25FSRXYY

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The ice maker backed up and put extra ice on the back of the freezer causing ice tray to stick out and freezer did not close. Pulled extra ice out and closed freezer but freezer is working (2-3 days the...


Hi and wlecome to FixYa, I am Kelly. You really have 2 problems.... 1 the inlet water valve has failed causing the water in the ice tray. The only remedy for this is to replace the inlet water valve. If you can squeeze the rubber fill tube at the back of the icemaker and it is / was frozen solid the inlet water valve is for sure bad.
Turn off the water supply to the ice maker until the water valve is replaced or the current problems you have WILL repeat.

The other problem you have is due to the door being open the evaporator coils iced up big time and the normal defrosting process is not removing all of the ice. Unplug the unit and direct a fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours with the freezer contents removed. While the unit is manually defrosting... open the back of the unit by removing the lower fiberboard cover and clean the condensor coils and fan along with the drip pan / tray.

After 2 hours clean up the water mess and return the unit to normal service. It should work just fine.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

May 25, 2011 | Kenmore Top Freezer Refrigerator

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I recently replaced the evaporator fan motor. Now I have two problems: 1) Ice maker does not dump ice automatically. The water line is clear and fills up the tray. The ice freezes but will not dump the...


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

You made this statement:

I have to manually make the ice dump. 2) I now have a slight build up of ice under the ice maker where it appears the water from the ice tray is leaking and the inside of the freezer also has a slight build up of frost on the walls.

From my 40 years of experience that statement is telling me that the freezers' evaporator coils are blocked with ice. (i.e frost on the walls) When the coils become blocked or built up with ice everything APPEARS to be working fine but the actual freezer temp is above 17 deg F. An ice maker will not initiate an ice-harvest cycle until the temps are between 14 - 16 Deg F. I.e it is not cold enough to automatically make ice because the ice maker thermostat is not closing at 14 - 16 deg F to start the ice harvest.

So I will pose these questions for you and answer them:
Q? What causes the ice on the walls
A: The unit is not defrosting properly.

Q? What causes a refrigerator to not defrost properly?
A: There are several; reasons that a refrigerator will not automatically defrost
1. The defrost control has failed (Most common failure)
2. The defrost heating element has failed
3. The defrost thermostat has failed
4. A wiring problem in the defrost circuit

Now.... you also made this statement:
I now have a slight build up of ice under the ice maker where it appears the water from the ice tray is leaking
You may have a leaking ice tray but it is quite rare. What usually causes an ice build up directly under and ice maker is the inlet water valve leaking / bypassing water when it is supposed to be shut off. An inlet water valve will bypass water when the internal diaphragm fails or debris is blocking the needle seat of the diaphragm. Either way the only remedy is to replace the inlet water valve because the valves are NOT repairable.
Reach inside your freezer and squeeze the rubber tube that fills the ice maker with water. If there is a problem with the inlet water valve the rubber tube starts freezing up with ice. Eventually when the rubber tube is totally frozen the plastic tube on the back of the refrigerator that connects to the rubber tube either leaks or separates from the rubber tube and ports water onto the floor.

If you really want to prove that there is a problem with the inlet water valve turn the ice maker OFF. Remove the plastic tube from the rubber ice maker fill tube (Just pulls out) and place it in a bucket overnight. IF you note water in the bucket the next day then the inlet water valve has for sure failed. Sometimes they LEAK intermittently when the failure first begins so the bucket test may not reveal a leaking inlet water valve. The key here is you said you have water UNDER the ice maker and you suspect a tray leak.

Here is what I recommend you do after the overnight plastic tube in a bucket leakage / bypassing test:
1. Reinstall the plastic tube on to the rubber fill tube.
2. Turn the ice maker ON
3. UNPLUG the refrigerator and so a manual defrost by removing the freezer contents then directing a fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours. (Makes a water mess)
4. Return the unit to normal service
5. Check for ice production 6 - 8 hours after you performed the manual defrost.
If you have automatic ice production you most likely have and automatic defrosting problem... BUT.... there can be a problem with the freezer door / light switch. The door light switch is a 3 contact switch. One contact is a common power wire and the other 2 contacts turn on the light and provide power to the ice maker (and some times the evaporator fan also depending on unit design)
Test the door light switch amd make sure the light will go off when the door is closed. (depress the plunger) If the light stays on the door switch is bad.

Hopefully you have enough information to understand what is happening with your refrigerator and what the causes of the symptoms you have are.

I think in the end you will have to repair the automatic defrost problem and replace the inlet water valve. Do not forget about testing the door light switch.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

Apr 14, 2011 | GE Refrigerators

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My airconditioner is not cooling enough what could be the problem


Make sure the outdoor fan is running and check your air filters. Also make sure the indoor and outdoor coils are clean. If all is good then get the refrigerant charge checked.

Jul 18, 2010 | Goodman CLQ36AR49 Air Conditioner

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It's leaking


Mine was leaking from the front left freezer side. I removed the tray at the bottom and saw that there is a drain hole in the back. I removed the sheet of ice that was covering the drain hole and poured vinegar and hot water to unclog it. That was the problem all along! The drain hole was clogged causing the water to drip out of the front. Whew!

Jul 02, 2010 | Hotpoint HSS25GFP Side by Side...

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Fridge/freezer model FFA90P frost free ice has


The water coming from the bottom is from the evaporater tray because it is too full and running over. There is a grill on the front bottom of the frig. ,and there is a srew or two on either side probably 1/4" maybe 5/16" loosen these and remove the grill. If no srews visible then it just snapps in. Remove grill and slide tray out and dump it.
The icing problem under the freezer tray is a defosting issue. you can move the food items to a cooler with ice or another unit and let this one thaw out with the doors open and unplugged and towl on the floor, the tray that is overflowing now will overflow again while the frig. is unplugged because there is no heat being generated to cause evaporation. You will need to have this checked out by a pro, generaly a service fee and they will tell you what has failed and can ballpark a price to fix. once the unit is thawed, ( this can take 12- 14 hrs) the unit will work again until the air passages get frozen over again. I suspect defrost heater element, defrost heater timer if ice maker equipted,there is also a little fan up there tan can fail. without seeing the unit in person only guesses. the thawing trick will buy some time.

Jul 12, 2009 | Hotpoint Freezers

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Freezer not getting cold


Call local Repair shop, No Fix possible, leak in the coils, can't repair.

buying new fridge.

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It's spitting ice crystals when turned on, and is very noisy.


I'm in a similar situation with a physical neccessity for a/c, year round, even though I live in temperate New Jersey. My husband is an A/C / Refrigeration tech & here's some things you can try to fix your Haier A/C.
1.) Make sure you keep the area where the filter is clean, if you aren't using a filter, you are clogging the air flow much quicker, which can lead to freeze ups.
2.) Due to how shoddy things are made now-a-days & with the storm coming through, you may have a conked out compressor or may have a small refrigeration leak, which can also cause freeze ups.
3.) Make darned sure that the unit is level, if you find it is not, leave your unit off for at least 24 hours for the refrigeration gas & oil in the system to level off.
Sadly, I do not know the model or type of Haier A/C you have & as I'd mentioned, things are no longer made to last like they once were & to get 3 years from a newer model is likely to be the best you can hope for. Haier is fairly decent with wanting to keep up customer morale & if it's a newer unit (younger than 18 months), they may help you to repair it for free or low cost. Good luck with that!

Aug 06, 2008 | Haier HPAC99ER Air Conditioner

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