Home>Discussions>KITCHENS>Ice in Bottom of Freezer - Even after Repairs!
5 posts / 0 new
Last post
rgreen13
Ice in Bottom of Freezer - Even after Repairs!
rgreen13

We own a Frigidaire FRS6R3JW0 that is about 6 years old. Every 1-2 days, we have to remove the bottom drawer from the freezer and remove a solid block of ice from the evaporator tray so that water doesn't begin leaking onto our floor. We've had this repaired twice. The repairman melted the drainage tube (which was filled with ice) and ran a copper wire down the drainage tube to keep it from freezing/clogging again. We are now at the point where we are considering replacing the entire unit.

Our concern is this: The refrigerator sits in a space where it has less than 1/8" clearance on the sides. Is it possible that the lack of clearance around the refrigerator is what is causing this problem? Would the same thing happen with a new unit?

dj1
Re: Ice in Bottom of Freezer - Even after Repairs!
dj1

I once found a piece of masking tape inside the evaporator's drain tube, when I had a similar problem. After removing it, the fridge worked normally.

A. Spruce
Re: Ice in Bottom of Freezer - Even after Repairs!
A. Spruce

The more space around a fridge/freezer, the better, since they are already hampered with their equipment placement. Air flow around the evaporator is a fairly big deal these days, given that most fridge/freezers are installed within a cabinet well.While running a "snake" down the drain tube is admirable, as dj1 suggests, there may still be something stuck in there, who knows. If you can access the drain tube and remove/replace it, I'd go that route first, as it will be cheaper than replacing the entire unit.

Another "test" would be to pull the unit and put it in the garage where it is unencumbered by a cabinet well and see how it performs. If it improves, you know that it can't breath in the cabinet well, if it doesn't, you know it is a unit problem.

CeliaP
Re: Ice in Bottom of Freezer - Even after Repairs!
CeliaP

Had same issue - think that ours was an Amana model. We first noticed it when the refrigerator compartment wasn't as cold as it should be. We actually didn't have too much frost in the freezer itself but once the back panel was removed we saw that all the mechanics were covered in thick ice. The first repair guy showed us how to remove the back panel and defrost the freezer. We bought the warranty after losing a freezer full of food. Then a few years later we had the same issue. Repair guy came and did same thing. When it happened a 3rd time we decided to look for a new refrigerator. We still only have slight clearance around the refrigerator - we didn't want to go to a much smaller unit and we didn't want to remodel our kitchen. We periodically pull the refrigerator out and vacuum all round it. We think this helps (but we may be deluding ourselves).

When we bought our new refrigerator I think that the salesman commented that refrigerators don't last as long as they used to. Not sure if he was giving us a line or it was true. All I know is that my refrigerator only lasted @ 8 yrs and had to be repaired 3 times during that time. Think that the first repair was at @ 5 or 6 yrs old.

ed21
Re: Ice in Bottom of Freezer - Even after Repairs!
ed21

Most modern refrigerators a designed to be mounted fairly tight to walls and cabinets. They vent through the bottom front usually.
The grill at the front needs to be pulled off and the dust needs to be vacuumed off the coils. Not particularly difficult, but getting all the dust off and out of the coils can be a challenge since there isn't much clearance. Special brushes and tools are available. I use a small piece of plastic tubing taped to the vacuum hose to clean it.
Ps. If you read the owners manual it will explain.

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.