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 Posted: Sun Nov 14th, 2010 11:25 am
   
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been through the forums, got me this far:

cleaned the coils under the fridge, they were really clogged

the fan underneath the freezer to the back of the unit is working (the fan for the condensing coils?)

there is air blowing into the freezer and into the fridge

there was ice on the back of the freezer, and the evaporater coils were icy

i took out the draw and pryed opened the back of the freezer unit (from the inside) just enough to get a blow dryer on the evaporater coils and get the ice off.

 fridge is running now, far as i can tell, compressor is on...

if the freezer and fridge get cold, i test the defrost heater? where is that, and how do i access it?

how do i get the panel off the back inside of the freezer? i took the screws off it, but do i need to take the ice maker off too? and there is some kind of thermostat looking thing on the upper right corner of the back panel, just pry off and leave? is there a 'trick' to getting the panel off? and do i even need to get it off, can i access and defrost heater this way?

am i even close to resolution on this POS?


any tips here would be a big help...

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Taking out the icemaker will make things easier to get to.
Take off the back panel by removing the 1/4 inch screws and use your hairdryer to melt off the ice. Check for continuity on the defrost heater and defrost thermostat.
It's probably one of those two things causing your issue.

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check for continuity... remove heater unit, set multimeter to OHM, touch one probe to each side. if i get a reading of infinity, the heater is fine... same program on the thermostat? if i am missing something can you let me know? thanks. 

will get testing late tonight after the family is sleeping... if i understand it correctly, the fridge will work okay temporarily, till the coils frost up again....

will let you know how i make out... anything i need to know about getting the ice maker out of the freezer or is it pretty straigh forward?

 

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simmerhawaii wrote: check for continuity... remove heater unit, set multimeter to OHM, touch one probe to each side.
 
if i get a reading of infinity, the heater is fine... same program on the thermostat?

not infinity ...  infinity is "open" (no connection)

Defrost Heater should read abouit 30 OHMs

Defrost Thermostat should read about 0 OHMs (if cold 0°F)



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got it, thanks, test are done with the units (heater or thermostat) removed correct?

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just disconnect one side of each..
(depending on meter, not necessarily required)


but remove Power Plug from Wall Outlet !



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roger dat! thanks.

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i took off the back panel, but i did not see what i thought the heater unit would look like, could not locate it.
do you have an image of it, and/or its location? where is that bugga?

other point i found surprising, there was a full on block of ice at the upper right of the condesing coils where the copper tubes went into the unit.... we're talking ice scuplture here.... normal?

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simmerhawaii wrote: ... a full on block of ice at the upper right of the condesing coils ...
Evaporator Coils ? (in the Freezer) ?

post picture somewhere then post the link here ..



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the group of silver fins that look like a radiator behind the freezer wall... what do you call that?

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this is a stock pic i found... looks like mine, but did not have that much snow...



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that would indicate a Defrost problem

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