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2davidc8's avatar

There's a lot of frost in my freezer. What stopped working?

Asked by 2davidc8 (7846points) January 16th, 2012

This just started overnight. The freezer is not even two years old. Any suggestions on what to do or check myself?

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6rant6's avatar

First thing: make sure it’s closing properly. If something is preventing the freezer from closing tightly, that’s enough and a hell of an easy fix.

2davidc8's avatar

Yes, I checked that it is closed properly and nothing is warped. I should add that the temperature display is showing the correct temperature, and there are no leaks. Everything looks normal except for the frost.

Judi's avatar

Is it the freezer on your refrigerator or a chest freezer?
If it is frost free, there should be a timer and a heating coil that keep the frost from forming. One of those may have stopped working.
I googled info about how frost free works and got this info.

A frost-free freezer has three basic parts:
•A timer
•A heating coil
•A temperature sensor

Every six hours or so, the timer turns on the heating coil. The heating coil is wrapped among the freezer coils. The heater melts the ice off the coils. When all of the ice is gone, the temperature sensor senses the temperature rising above 32 degrees F (0 degrees C) and turns off the heater.

Heating the coils every six hours takes energy, and it also cycles the food in the freezer through temperature changes. Most large chest freezers therefore require manual defrosting instead—the food lasts longer and the freezer uses less power.

2davidc8's avatar

It’s a refrigerator/freezer combo with refrigerator on top and freezer on the bottom, and it’s supposed to be “frost-free”. I understood that there were defrosting cycles, but I did not know about the heating coils. Thank you, @Judi.

Judi's avatar

Your welcome @2davidc8

zensky's avatar

Warranty? call them anyway.

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