Vacuumed condenser fins and used hair dryer to defrost ice at bottom of
refrigerator. Turned refrigerator back on and set at 5 which normal setting.
Refrigerator has been constantly running for 24 hours and white frost
is forming on the bottom of the coils inside the refrigerator.
what is wrong?
I have the same problem. I called a service rep for G.E. and he said that there are 3 thermodisc
sensors behind the white evaporator cover. He gave me a price to repair that was completly out
of range for the problem. I paid him for his service call and sent him on his way. I then decided to
to order the parts from a factory online parts center at less then half the cost of my estimate not
to mention that when I was ordering the part the Factory emailed me a complete parts breakdown showing the Thermodisc and that my unit only has 1 thermodisc not three installed from the factory.
I ordered 2 one for a backup just in case. I deiced the buildup and installed the disc after 24 hours the refrigerator was working normal for about 4-months. Once again the refrigerator iced up and stopped cooling so I called the factory tech support and they told that it is normal to have some ice on the cover of the evaporator and the thermodisc is at that point supposed to open the cooling circuit to let the unit go into defrost mode and then close again. The Tech said that I had a bad
Thermodisc again so I put the spare one that I ordered in and it also worked for about 3 months
now I have the same problem ????????
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Since you say that it still cools, you need to start out with a thorough cleaning of the condenser grill. If it the air flow is blocked or the condenser grill is extremely dirty or clogged with pet hair, then the unit won't be able to dispel the heat buildup cause by the coolant running through the compressor.
I have found that if you use an air compressor blowing from the rear and a vacuum from the front works pretty good.
refrigerators dispose of the water generated during the defrost cycle,
usually via a tube or channel that directs the water to a pan at the
bottom of the refrigerator. From the pan, the water normally
If the tube or channel is clogged
or obstructed, the water backs up and leaks into the inside of the
refrigerator compartment. Then the water builds up at the bottom,
inside of the refrigerator. When the water has built up for a time it
may spill out of the front of the door opening. To fix this problem,
clear the drain tube or channel and allow the defrost water to flow
down to the drain pan.You can use a hair dryer and remove the ice buildup
Make sure the water goes down the drain quickly. If the drain is a little clogged it may not be draining fast enough, letting it freeze before it drains. I use compressed air at a low psi to clear the drain from the freezer compartment. Does the refrig have an ice maker?? If the water is spilling over the fill tube behind the freezer panel it will also ice over the drain. Also sometimes drains just ice up for no apparent reason. I deice them and then they work fine. You can also take a piece of romex wire (the solid copper strand type) use the ground wire (bare copper) or strip the insulation off the black or white wires and loop the wire over the defrost heater and down into the drain hole. This will help any ice that builds up around the drain to melt in the defrost cycles. Let me know how it turns out.
You have a defrost problem and will have to remove the back cover to access the condensor to fix it. You should see a condenser blocked with ice and also blocking heat transfer to freezer. Thaw out with hair dryer then you will need to cut wires to defrost thermostat (round thingy wired before defrost heater) Bypass the thermostat and manually set defrost timer into defrost mode by turning clockwise with screwdriver until you hear a loud click.. if the heater comes on then you have a bad defrost thermostat. If the heater does not come on then you need to check the heater with a ohm meter for continuity.
We have a defrosst drain problem we will need to work on, WATER LEAKING FROM REFRIGERATOR OR INSIDE THE FREEZER OR FRESH FOOD SECTION You have a blockage in your condensate defrost line or the pipe that fill the tray below the refrigerator is missing the condensate collector pan that uses the heat from the fan to evaporate the condensate back into the air inside your home. Or this sounds like you have a blockage in the drain tube, remove panel back of freezer...you may see ice build-up, melt ice with hair dryer, you will see a pan below evaporator, melt ice in pan, dry water up in pan with towel, now you should see drain hole in pan that leads to drain tube, pour some hot water in pan, wait a couple minutes, wipe up water and repeat this step 2-3 times, once you have done this use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner to vacuum out the gunk or blockage in the drain line. Now it is cleaned out! Put back panel back and you are good to go. The reason you see water in the Freezer is because the water has been leaking into the freezer instead of running into the drain hole...If you need any further assistance please feel free to comment again. Good luck! PS Please don't forget to rate my solution Thanks! Sea Breeze
Sounds like the defrost condensate drain behind the rear panel inside the freezer is frozen over. You will need to unplug the refrigerator and remove the panel. Defrost with a hair dryer and pour warm water into the tray that collects the defrost condensate and takes it down to a pan below your refrigerator to be heated and put back into the air inside your home. If for some reason it is not ice blocking the opening you will need to use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner to try to dislodge whatever is blocking the flow. Let me know what you find, Thanks, Sea Breeze
the evaporator coils in the freezer are iced up. either someone left the door ajar for a while, you didn't let the fridge sit empty and turned on for a day before filling it, there is an obstruction in the evaporator drain causing water to pool and freeze on the coils, or your evaporator fans are not working. you need to unplug the unit and either: 1- let it set with the doors open and defrost with the ambient air (and soak up the excess water under the fridge); 2- find the back wall where the frost is, take the screws out and remove the wall, and use warm water to melt the ice on the coils (and soak up the excess water); or 3- use hot air (hair dryer). be careful with the hair dryer. just enough to melt the ice and not to heat up the fins and tubing. clean up any extra water inside, check the drain under the coils for obstructions, make sure the fan works, empty the fridge, turn it on, close it, and fill it tomorrow. also, there is a self-defrost timer on the fridge. look in the manual for it's location and setting.
Their are a few things you can check before calling a dude out. make sure your condenser coils are clean on bottom of refrig. Hair dust and cobwebs can constrict airflow in those coils. Look ffor frost on the back wall of the freezer, a sign the defrost heater has blown. Remove the rear access panel of the freezer and inspect for ice, use a hair dryer to melt the ice and check the defrost components. MORE
water line that's attached to the back of the refrigerator. Make sure
you have good water flow. If the flow is poor, repair, clean, or
replace the tubing or the shut-off valve that supplies the water.
The water-inlet valve. Replace it if it has failed.
Same problem here with an Amana refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. I removed the back panels and vacuumed dust and cat hair out. The back panel in the freezer was frosted over with ice on the bottom. I removed the shelves and food and used a hairdryer to loosen the panel. The ice maker made it harder to remove the plastic panel so I pulled it back and saw the cooling fins frozen solid. I used the hairdryer to melt the ice and a shop vacuum to collect the water. It works like new again.