Insulation(?) coming out of bottom of freezer door
On the underside of my freezer door is a black disk about the size of a quarter. It sticks out a little bit. It has torn on one side and a styrofoam looking substance is sticking out and will flake off if poked. Sears says it's nothing to worry about, but it looks to me like whatever is inside the freezer door is trying to get out.
Is this the insulation coming out? Is it toxic and will it get on my food and cause me to be rushed to the hospital to have my stomach pumped?
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Re: Insulation(?) coming out of bottom of freezer door
That 'black disk' was probably a plug. Many manufacturers have extra features that if aren't used, get wired into the appliance anyway and have a plug placed over the opening. What you were seeing is foam insulation and as long as you don't consume it.. you should be OK.. A small piece of duct tape over the opening might make you feel better about it... You may have to thaw the freezer out and clean the area a bit for the tape to adhere properly... Hope that helps !
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Check the seal on the door and make sure it is "sound". Pay particular attention to the bottom or underside of the freezer door / drawer. Make sure nothing is preventing a seal between the fridge case and door. Misfigured, distorted or otherwise damaged seals can cause frost build up as you describe. Clear any objects / replace damaged seals found.
At the bottom of the freezer door ( remove the kick plate ) , there will be a water line . Follow this line , about 6 " to a connector . Push in on the white ring and pull out the line , at the same time . Activate the water dispensor pad and see if water flows from the line under the refrig . If it does , then the line in the door is frozen . Either raise the freezer temp for several days , so the line in the door will thaw , or , I have heard using an air tank will blow the ice out of the line in the door . If no water comes from the line under the refrig , while activating the pad , then replace the water valve , behind the refrig , the piece the wall water line connects to on the refrig . There is also , a dispenser heater , pt . # WR49X10173 , which comes with instructions , to keep this grom happening again .
The water line runs through the door and this is where it freezes. It's usually defetive insulation. Other than replace the door you may can tape or other wise fasten more insulation to the inside of the door in the area you think it's freezing in.
Look to see if the fridge side door rises up about a quarter of an inch when you open it. If it does see if the freezer side does. If it don't you may have a door closing cam which has broken. It's on the bottom hinge, is black plastic and can be replaced without removing the door.
Leave the door shut and let the magnetic gasket hold the
door in place. Put something between the bottom of the doorand the floor to hold it in case it slips.
Remove the bracket holding the pin and hinge assembly taking
note of order of removal of parts. Slide new cams on. You probably need two.
In some freezers they build up excessive vacuum which pulls the plastic housing away from the internal polyurethane insulation, hence the creaking sound. You can make a vacuum breaker by attaching a small stick or similar to the bottom of the door gasket, this will break the vacuum without losing temperature.
the water line that runs from the bottom of the freezer door up to the water dispenser is probably frozen. I have run across this problem several times. you can take the line out of the freezer door, thaw it out and re-insert it, but chances are it will happen again. usually when you have that issue, there is a problem with the insulation in the freezer door and you will need to have the whole freezer door replaced. Joe
The waterline comes out the lower door hinge. Unhook from coupler at bottom. Now go to the despencer and carefully take the cover off some have screws under drip plate or clipped which a flathead screw driver works nicely dont scratch finish. With proper water line usualy 1/8 size about 5foot long snake it down to the bottom hinge and rehook up. In some case if the tube gets kinked you may have to remove door to do it it. Usually pretty easy.