Freezer defrost problem

mamalindaDecember 3, 2013


Our freezer/refrigerator stopped getting cold enough last week. The freezer was freezing ice, but not ice cream or other foods and the refrigerator was running at about 55 degrees.

I checked to see if it was a defrost problem and sure enough there was a lot of frost built up all around the coils and even on the back of the inside of the freezer.

I've now unplugged and defrosted the whole unit. I originally suspected it was the defrost timer. But now I'm thinking that the timer is not the problem because when I manually turn the timer till it "clicks" and the compressor goes off, the defrost heater does not warm up.

Is it still possible that it's the timer? Or should I think about replacing the defrost thermostat? Or is there something else I should be looking at? Is it possible to test the thermostat if I don't have a multitester?

Thanks so much!


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You'll have to do further investigation on the individual components ... suspect the defrost heater first, then the thermostat, then the timer.

Note that the defrost thermostat must be cold to trigger the heater. The heater can't come on if the unit is still "warm" after you unplugged it for manual defrosting.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 6:55AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Water Pooling on Bottom of Refrigerator and Leaking
Hi: I have a Kenmore Pro 48 inch side by side Refrigerator....
Rob Fleming
Buy 2 individual wall ovens or one 2 oven wall unit?
Hi - I'm looking for appliances for a house we will...
Bluestar platinum vs Capital Culinarian
We are deciding on kitchen appliances for our upgrade...
Does Wolf M-Series Double Oven come with Temperature Probe?
If yes, great. If not, does anyone know how much the...
DCS double wall oven--reviews?
I'm in the market for a double wall oven and saw a...
Sponsored Products
LOUNGE Bottle Cooler with Handles by Blomus
$71.09 | Lumens
Denby Monsoon Lucille Silver Teacup - Set of 2 - DENB280
$19.98 | Hayneedle
Meridian Set of Four Dinner Plates
$120.00 | FRONTGATE
Denby Jet Oven to Table Oval Dish - OTJ-562
$19.99 | Hayneedle
Denby Halo Tumbler - Set of 4 - DENB262
$49.98 | Hayneedle
Orange Vesta 2.5-Qt. Casserole Dish
$36.99 | zulily
Microwave Size Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat
$12.99 | zulily
Le Panier Two-Section Server - WHITEWASH
$58.00 | Horchow
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™