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Freezer icing up

The freezer keeps icing up, and water trickles out at regular intervals, I defrosted but within 10 days the problem started again, I'm not sure about the model, it's GE profile bottom-freezer that bought in 2001

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  • pampi Oct 19, 2007

    Model number is TCX18PAARBS. The ice builds up on the back panel and the freezer floor, not the door. I hear the fridge fan running at intervals, but I can't tell if it's inside the freezer (actually, I'm not sure what you're asking). Hope that helps. Thanx

  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2007

    You are not alone, I too have the same model of fridge with the same problem.It started a couple of weeks ago.

    I get a 1/4"build up of ice on the bottom of the freezer - all sloping towards the door, eventualy it does make its way through the tin work or most likely through the door out onto the floor.The only other comment is that the fridge seems to be running/cycling more often.

    The source is triangle shape indent in the back top portion of the freezer

    (which i can only assume has something to do with moisture reduction of the fridge above??)

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2008

    GE Profile Model #TCX18 or TCC18 (Label removed): Water drips out of the triangular indented thing at the back top of the freezer, running towards the front and eventually running out onto the floor. I can catch it with a jar positioned just right. Worse in hot weather. Would unplugging and letting it "defrost" solve/help the problem?

  • YoHan60091 Feb 27, 2008

    Viking 36" bottom freezer has similar problem. Looked for plugged drain but did not see one.

  • best ever Apr 24, 2008

    Same problem for me... at a certain point the fridge stopped working as well. A defrost brought the fridge back, but now the leak into the freezer has started again.

  • Anonymous May 02, 2008

    Our GE Profile bottom freezer model is TCS18PADBCBS. the inverted triangle simple drips water and eventually the entire bottom of the freezer is clogged and the door will not close properly. I use a spatula to crack and pry the ice out - any solutions? [email protected]

    thanks, paul

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  • jetrepair Aug 16, 2008

    My parents have the same fridge - same problem. I didn't think to take
    pictures until the ice was mostly thawed, but hopefully these images
    can provide a little better insight to our dilemma. Ice accumulates
    until the evaporator fan comes in contact with it and eventually stops
    the fan altogether. while the ice is building it begins to growl until
    it sounds as though an airplane is taxiing through the kitchen. At the
    same time a small glacier forms underneath the fan on the back wall of
    the freezer portion of the unit.

    The repairman said that the drain was likely plugged although he found nothing restricting. Thawing by unplugging seems the only cure so far - any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    Freezer (Samsung) ices up on inside back and bottom floor. Water trickes out approx one a day. Have tried defrosting but problem persists. The food in the freezer stays frozen.

    Advice on repair would be appreciated.

  • mjd12k Nov 02, 2008

    Model TCC18PACBRBB. Water runs out of the triangular reservoir into the freezer area. Water freezes and has to be chipped out. How can I get that panel open as pictured? I removed the screws but that three inch wide strip in front of the base is a bugger to remove.

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    I''ve had this same trouble with the GE unit for a year now. It happens on and off depending on amount of humidity present in the house. 
    If you do happen to pull the bottom off the fridge part and carefully pull off the styrofoam cover, be careful around those coils as one tiny puncture and your fridge is in for some expensive repairs. 
    What I have noticed is that my temp control seems to have become extremely sensitive and if you put to the normal setting of say 4, the unit runs and runs and hardly shuts off. I've cleaned the door seals completely so I know that warm air is not leaking into the unit. And despite all this the drain tube ( made of aluminum) freezes up over the span of about 10 days. Normally  the melt water from the coils, during a defrost cycle, should flow dow that tube and into the pan under the fridge. I can only guess that the defroster heater is not getting hot enough for the right amount of time to actually melt the frost and make it hot enough to melt its way down the drain tube. 
    As I have repaired the defrost thermostat in the past I can only suspect that the main thermostat is now failing and that the fridge is running far longer that is should. This may be causing the excessive frost buildup and thus the huge pool of ice from the defrost melt in the bottom of the air exchanger.

    If you do encounter this ice lump in the bottom you will have to slowly melt it until access to the drainpipe is free.
    You can tell if the fridge is freezing up if you hear the blower fan buzzing meaning it is hitting the build up ice.

    Considering that the main thermostat is not working right unless you set it to 1 I may consider replacing that part.

    I hope this helps you understand the problem.



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I changed the defrost thermostat and it solved the problem.

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Need to ask some questions first.  What is the complete model # on the sticker inside the fridge?  Where exactly are you seeing this ice buildup (back panel, door, freezer floor)?  Do you hear the fan running inside the freezer?

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We have a GE profile bottom freezer that came with our house. The freezer kept icing up evey month or so, shutting the fridge off. After a repair call, my husband copied the repair man and used a blowdryer to thaw it out. Eventually he put a thin piece of styrofoam cut to fit the bottom of the fridge and wrapped in plastic wrap under the crisper drawers. problem in over a year now!

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I had the same problem. I changed the thermostat twice, no help. I called an official service dude. No help, cost me 250 bucks. Here's what I did:

I insulated the back of the fridge with insulating putty (the black curvy pipe). I jerry rigged a scoopula (from basic chem class, long curved aluminum scooper)) and made a little bridge over the drain area with it. Voila, solved the problem. Service guy couldn't. Interestingly, he wanted to buy the fridge off me. Maybe he did not fix it because he wanted to cheat me out of it. You never know, we must trust our fellow human beings though.

Bottom fridge models ****. The veggie bin is too close to the freezer and ends up freezing anything in there except for beer. Buy a top freezer for all the trouble this model is worth.

Without a fridge, there is no society.

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