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Defrost problem... I would like to know... My freezer is totally frozen behind the back panel, AND all the evap coils are covered in ice. I've been defrosting it with a hair dryer for the last 2 weeks...ugh Is there a method to manually engage defrost cycle, check if defrost heater is bad, or test the thermostat? The thermostat is CHEAP, and I'm considering replacing it just to see if this fixes it. Any and ALL advice welcomed...except advice to replace board, please? :-) At this point (before any real diagnosis is complete), spending $300 on a new board seems premature. THANKS!

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Check at front of fridge on bottom behind kick panel or at rear of fridge near compressor on some models you can manually engage defrost cycle,it looks like a small sometimes metal box with wires out of it,it will have either a protruding knob which is turned or a depression in which a screwdriver can be placed to rotate it.if it goes onto defrost and works o.k. this timer will need replacing

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all the fridge does is the freezer gets cold and the evap fan blows cold air from the freezer down into the fridge section,so open the freezer door,if you don't hear the fan blowing you have a bad evap fan motor,also the drain can be blocked and it freezes up the air ducts so the air can't circulate down into the fridge,is there water under the bottom crisper draws?if so the drain in the freezer is blocked,you have to take everything out of the freezer,remove the back wall,melt out all the ice and clean out the drain under the evap coil.i use a steemer to clean out the drain,if you don't have a steemer you have to melt out the ice in the drain with the hair dryer,then get like a turkey baster or anything that can blow down into the hole,pour hot water into the drain,if it drains out then you're done,if it doesn't keep hitting it,another thing is touch the inside back wall of the freezer,if there's like frost or like snow covering the back in side freezer wall you have a defrost problem,bad defrost thermostat,heater or timer,the last thing is the door was left open,you can tell this by looking at the food packages and the ceiling and walls,if you see frozen water droplets on your food packages or on the shelf or walls the door was left open and the air ducts are frozen,you have to melt the ice out of the air ducts.so open the freezer door,listen for the fan,no fan could have a bad fan motor,look for ice on back inside freezer wall or frozen water droplets,the door was left open or you have a defrost problem. also when was the last time you vacuumed out the coil unless it's on the back wall,if the coil is behind the bottom kickplate vac it out that will make a big difference.you can get back to me and let me know what you find or melt it out with a hair dryer like i said.good luck and let me know what you find.one more thing,if your ice cream is not staying hard just soft you could have a leak in the sealed system,but if i were you i wouldn't put any money into that machine,if you change it out you'll save money on your electric bill and usually once something on those old dogs starts to go wrong it's not long before it totally dies

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The water is from the defrost cycle thawing the evaporator coil.
The defrost drain line in the freezer is frozen over with ice and the defrost water is not draining.
Turn off the power and remove the rear freezer panel and the freezer bottom panel.
Use a hair dryer to defrost the ice at the drain hole in the center of the drain trough underneath the coil in the back of the freezer.
This will take some time to do because the process will be slow.

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Check for ice on back wall if iced up check defrost heater and defrost timer also check and besure evaperator fan is working check wireharness on heater, timer, and evap. fan motor.Sounds like you have a defrost prob. Turn off for 24hrs to melt ice turn unit back on if it works for a few days then ices back up you have a defrost prob.

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In your fridge , either evaporator fan, thermostat or heating element is faulty, and the ice on coils is preventing the appliance from cooling down properly.

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