I have a frigidaire glrs237zcwo side by side freezer and have two problems. the fan at the rear of the freezer gets ice build up every 4- 7 days and this makes a loud noise as the fan hit the ice. I manually defrost the freezer witha heater and then this happens again in 4- 7 days. usually at night when im sleeping :(
Also the ice maker only dispenses crushed ice. i had someone replace the solenoid and still no cubes. the service guy has caulked the back when the water supply is thinking that warm air is getting into the frezer and this is the cause of the ice build up. He thinks i may have to replace the circuit board ($180) behind the ice maker and water panels but after 3 visits i feel like this guy is just guessing at what the problem is. Does anyone have any ideas what the source of my problems could be? Ive had this fridge for under 4 years. frigidaire says the compressor is the only thing warrantied.
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1.Check fan in the freezer if it runs fast.
2. Remove rear cover in the freezer after disconnecting power to the fridge and check if there is build up of ice on evaporator coil (looks as radiator).
3. If you find build up you have a defrost problem (timer. Defrost heater. Defrost thermostat
With ours it is ice collection on the fan in the freezer section. This is located about half way down under the icemaker (please unplug to proceed). If you remove the four hex head screws and lift up the metal flap you will find the fan assemble and most likely the ice build up to chip off.
That grinding noise is usually ice build up on the evaporator coils to the point that the evaporator fan blades strike the ice build up. i.e. Possibly an automatic defrosting problem.
Here is what you can do to find out.
1. Unplug the refrigerator 2. Remove the contents from the freezer section 3. Place a fan blowing into the freezer compartment for a little over 2 hours. THIS MAKES A WATER MESS so be prepared. 4. After the manual defrosting period with the fan then reload the freezer. 5. Plug the unit back in 6. After 4 hours recheck your freezer and fresh food section temps. 7. You should no longer hear the grinding sound
It is highly probable that the ice build up will repeat. If it does then for sure you have an automatic defrosting problem and will need to service the defrosting problem. At least you will know what caused the grinding noise.
If after all of this that grinding noise you heard is still present you will have to check the evaporator fan assembly for signs of bearing wear. If the grinding noise is coming from the compressor... bad news the compressor rotor is dragging and that requires a compressor replacement.
I had the same problem. After 6 months I contacted Frigidaire about it. They made arrangements with a local factory service repairman. Be sure you have your model and S/N available. The repairman came to my home, verified the problem and returned a week later and installed the replacement door dispenser. Problem solved.
there is no way of cleaning the coils.there maybe a problem with the compressor.you should hear a fan running inside the freezer when it is in the cooling cycle and the compresor is running if you do not here the fan running this could cause a cooling issue and the evaporator could be building up with ice.
check the rear of the freezer to see if there is any ice build up.
the defrost circuit has a problem, allowing the frost/ice buildup.. remove the shelves, and back lower cover in the rear of the freezer to expose the evaporator coil, defrost heater, and defrost thermostat. the defost heater should have continuity through it and the defrost thermostat will have continuity when frozen but test open when warmed.. if either bad replace. if both test good look for bad connections in the freezer compartment wiring, and moly connectors otherwise the temperature controls are bad and it is an electronic assembly that incorporates the temperature controls with the deforst timer controls.. hope this helps, best of luck, ttfn
You should not have to manually defrost. Your auto defrost system is not working. Check the timer usuall in the frig compartment near the thermostat ( a small hole, use a screwdrive flat tip 1/4" to rotate the timer till it clicks starting the defrost cycle) check freezer in 10-15 min should be defrosted if not you will need to check the heater and thermostat located behind the rear or bottom panel of the freezer.
The defrost timer could be under the box in the front behind kick panel or in the rear by the compressor.
if there is ice build up you have a defrost problem. either the heater bimetal thermostat timer or evap fan could be bad. you could also have a stopped up drain. if the coils get too much ice build up the air wont beable to travel through them and the bad air flow will cause the fridge to become warmer
Hi, Check the freezer and see if the fan motor is running. Remove the rear panel and check for a frost or ice build up inside the rear freezer panel. Please let me know what you find so I can assist you further.