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What melts the ice on the coils in order for them to drain out?

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SOURCE: Coils icing up?

Sounds like a defrost problem. Check to see if there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not defrosting as it should.

  • possible causes:
  1. bad defrost timer
  2. bad defrost heater (in freezer)
  3. bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above items. 

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

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SOURCE: solid ice on coils

sounds like the compressor may not be shutting off, that may be the sensor (t-stat) or a freon leak, but usually only a partial part of the coil freezes up if it was low on freon an would not be cooling properly. if under a year old call manufacture. if 2-5 years old may still be under warranty if the repair is a freon issue. if its the sensor your looking at about 40. fot the part and roughly 75-95 for labor (depending were you take it too). check your purchase date and read your warranty 1st

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Posted on Jul 11, 2008

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SOURCE: compressor on, coil frozen, no inside fan, ice melting.

This is a defrost problem (heater,timer,limit switch)

Posted on May 12, 2009

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SOURCE: drain hole under the evaporator coil in freezer keeps icing up

The drain may be clogged or running slow, flush some very hot water down the drain opening using a turkey baster or syringe. Here is some information I put together on drain freezing and how to clean them out in a little more detail. Let me know if this works for you. Thanks

https://www.fixya.com/support/r4686046-water_leak_from_freezer_ice_freezer

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