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Fridge Ice-up

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HI! I have a Kenmore (GE) model 363.9534783. 10 or 11 yrs old. I have ice-up on the lower evaporation coils. I've replaced defrost timer, defrost thermostat (in freezer) and the temp control unit. Also ,the condenser coils are clean and all fans work. I've been dealig with this for about 6 weeks. Is the compresser dying?? If it is, I won't repair it and go fridge shopping!!! Thank you in advance!!!

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Did you check to see if your heaters are comming on when you put it in defrost?   Maybe they are bad.  Heater harness part #wr51x0372....Ron

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If its solid ice or frost there is a difference   that slight buildup of ice sounds like low freon or weak compressor..... Shopping is in order

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Thanks for the replies!! Yes, both heaters are comming on. The build up is not frost or snow but thick clear ice on the lowest 4 tubes. (takes about 4 to 5 days after heat gunning them clean.)

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Sounds like the sealed system is going down......:?

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[user=2347]tilehead[/user] wrote:

Thanks for the replies!! Yes, both heaters are comming on. The build up is not frost or snow but thick clear ice on the lowest 4 tubes. (takes about 4 to 5 days after heat gunning them clean.)

Did you miss something Pegi?????

"This build up is NOT frost or snow but THICK CLEAR ICE on the lowest 4 tubes."

You have a defrost drain hole plugged up and as the unit defrost the water can't run down the drain and then refreezes into a solid block of ice. On each deforst cycle this ice block gets taller until it blocks off air flow -- "Which happens in 4 or 5 days after heat gunning them clean"

You need to melt that ice block again then clean out the drain hole and make sure water flows out of drain and into pan under the frig.

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Did you first notice this problem because there was a problem in the fridge with the tempature.....  If you are having a cooling issue after you clean those in a day or two I would lean to a sealed system issue...   with that side X side model is the ice also building up on the freezer floor?.. If the ice builds up on the floor then I would go more towards a drain problem if no cooling issues are present.. However if after 2 days you are having problems keeping ice cream hard  and items cold in the fridge lean toward a weak compressor / sealed system issue ..... and look at the flyers and see who is having a sale ....

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Well, thanks again for the replies!! No, the drain is clear, the ice build up starts after 2-3 days, and the temp. does get warmer in the fridge side. I believe we are going to go shopping!! If I may, Can you fine folks give a recommendation on a new side X side?? I know it won't be a Kenmore or a GE!! Thanks again!!!

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"""Did you miss something Pegi?????""""    No, I did not, perhaps you did????

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