The freezer does not seem to be freezing the contents and water is forming from the contents defrosting. Water is leaking down from the freezer to the floor. Not sure if the thermostat is working and since the manual lacks any detail, I'm not even sure where to find the thermostat or how to tell if it's broken, and how to fix. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Freezer not freezing, water in freezer
The frige may be stuck in defrost mode. If the compressor and condensor fan are not running then it is likely in defrost mode. If the compressor is running continuously then there may be a leak in the sealed system where the refrigerant is low or gone. There is a tech sheet located in the very bottom area of the frige (behind the lower vent and in a plastic holder usually). Pull that lower front vent off and use a flashlight to find the tech sheet for any troubleshooting help and were the defrost timer is. Sometimes you can use a flat blade screwdriver to advance the timer past the stuck spot and get it working again. As for checking for a sealed system problem you would need to pull the back wall cover off the freezer section to view the coils. Normal frost pattern would be all the coils covered with a light white frost. If the frost pattern suddenly stops and bare aluminum coils are showing there may be a plug or leak in the system. It's not too often that the new thermistors (your thermostat control) go out. To check you could short across the t-stat to see if you can force a compressor run or take the leads off the thermistor and check the ohm value with a multimeter.
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the defrost drain pan is plugged up,you need to defrost it and run a wire down the drain tray hole so it can drain to the bottom as it defrosts otherwise it defrosts and runs everywhere else and re freezes
Most times when that happens it is because the condensate drain is blocked from draining into a pan below the refrigerator where warm air blows across the water and the water is returned to air inside your home. The things need to do is unplug the refrigerator and remove contents of the freezer and then the back panel inside freezer. At the very bottom of the evaporator is a pan that collects the condensate during defrost. It has a drain hole in center. Sometimes the refrigerator is leaning a little and after defrost the ice remains on one side of pan and slowly creeps up to cover the hole completely, while other times the drain line slowly gets gunk build up in it causing water to freeze because of the blockage. I will return with a link to Sea Breeze Tips page where there is a collection of other peoples views to approach this. Sea Breeze
Unplug the unit, remove the contents of the Freezer section only and place a fan blowing into the freezer section for 90 mins to 2 hours. Note doing this may result in excessive water on the floor so have a mop and rags standing by to tend to the water. Once the water stops dripping the ice in the freezer coils should have melted. Plug in the unit and wait 20 minutes then check to see if the fan is running. If the fan is running you might be ok. However if in 2 days it freezes up again then the unit is not defrosting and will need further service in the form of trobleshooting the defrost circuit and timer.
can be from an obstruction (i.e. food or debris) or incomplete defrost. water forms around the drain during defrost cycle and ices up when cooling cycle comes on. defrost the drain and try installing a heat probe part#819043 made by whirlpool.its a metal rod that wraps around the heater and goes into the drain opening to prevent the drain from icing up. hope this helps.
Assuming that this is a self-defrosting freezer (which almost all are today), the defrosting coil or the timer may be bad. The defrosting coil actually warms up the freezer slightly every X hours. This thaws the ice that starts to form in the freezer. The vapor is then evaporated and exists out through a drip tube to the bottom of the freezer/fridge into a pan. The pan usually has the compressor fan blowing over it to evaporate the contents.
the defroster isn't close enough to the drain to be effective. remove the back wall of the inside of the freezer, remove the excess ice. clear out the ice from the drain using hot water and a turkey baster. there is a kit from whirlpool that uses a piece of metal and a screw around the defrost rod, but I found out that a piece of 14 gauge solid core wire with the insulation stripped off works great too. stick the stripped wire into the drain, 2 to 3 inches, and wrap the rest around the defrost rod.
You should check for air leaks around the door gasket or any other openings in the compartment such as where pipes or wiring is going through the wall. It sounds like a moisture problem from moisture being drawn into the compartment pass door gaskets or access holes.
I looked at the BACK at the bottom underneath of my Sears Kenmore frost free upright freezer and what was causing the ice buildup was very simple. At the factory, the assembler looped the little hose too high and when the water went into the hose it could not get out due to being too high in one spot! An ice dam will form, blocking ALL water coming through and freezing up any more water coming down giving you a HUGE wad of ice that is scary!!! I just removed the screw holding the loop that holds the hose and put a bit of warm water down the little hole on the INSIDE (Behind the grate) to melt the remaining ice in the tube.You need to take out 4 screws and remove the grate to see this. I could not believe that this was the problem! I haven't had any ice build up since.Now don't tear your freezer apart before you try this trying to fix the compressor, thermostat etc. It may be the only thing wrong with it!