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Re: Hotpoint fridge freezer
Your defrost system is not working. Try to find the defrost timer and advance it until it clicks. The back of the refer should have a diagram with the location on it. If this works then replace the timer, if not, then you need to remove the floor of the freezer an replace the defrost element and limit switch.
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Check behind and underneath for dust buildup, sounds like your compressor needs cleaned on the outside, the dust is causing it to overheat and retain condensation, hence the ice buildup. Easy thing to check, good luck.
Many maybes here. Leaking water usually indicates a problem with defrost. You need to remove either the rear wall or the bottom cover inside the freezer. Most will have screws, but some will be a friction-fit. Bottom line is to look for ice, either on the rear wall or the bottom.... wherever the ice is showing. This is where you will expose the evaporator (cold radiator) and drain fitting.
Odds are that your drain is plugged and causing the evaporator to ice-over. Expose this area and look for anything (I've seen peas, price labels, corn and multiple items causing the issue) that is plugging the drain fitting. You may need to turn the unit off for a day to melt the ice in this area. If you do, remove ALL product and place towels at the bottom of the unit to absorb the water that will accumulate. Not doing the towels could damage your floor.
When the drain fitting is exposed, if there is something obstructing the opening, remove it and ensure that the line if not plugged by pouring a small amount of hot water into it. That water should end up in the catch pan below the unit.
If there is nothing plugging it, make sure that the fan is operational. If not, replace it. If fan is good, my advice is to replace the defrost heater, defrost safety control and defrost timer... all of them.
Good luck. If I had a unit as old as yours, I'd not call a tech. I'd replace the unit.
When a refrigerator leaks water like yours, it is common for the problem to be nothing more than a clogged defrost drain. When the unit defrosts itself, the frost melt water drips into a pan underneath the evaporator in the freezer, and goes through a tube from there to the bottom outside of the unit. Since the water cant go down this drain, it backs up on the freezer floor, then eventually the kitchen floor.
drain plug and or line probably plugged should be clear if ice was problem in between the casing shouldnt be a problem let unit run normal and check temp the amount of high humidity and usage [open and closing of doors] has caused a lot of frost free and regular units to frost and or ice up
you dont want to add any more freon to it to start with
it either has to much in it or the thermostat is not turning it off and making it run to long, you need to see what temperature you are getting in the freezer and what suction pressure the unit is running on to determine if it is over charged
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!