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Guest Matt

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Hello.

Model: 106.8590581, Type: 20SSA89

About a week a go I noticed a puddle in front of the front of the freezer. I opened the door, and noticed about 1/2" of ice on the floor of the freezer. I carefully smashed it off, and hoped it would not return.

Alas, this morning I woke up to the same thing.

Additional info is that about 2 weeks ago, the "ice arm" became dislodged,  causing the ice make to run continuously. I thought I had fixed it, but today I noticed it had come out again, and a large amount of ice had overflowed and built up behind the ice holder/bucket thingy. 

So this time, I REALLY fixed the arm (it snapped securly into place this time), emptied the ice bucket, cleaned out all the overflowed ice, and now I'm letting it (the ice make) run again.

I'm hoping the water on the floor came from overflowed ice cubes that maybe melted during the defrost cycle, but it seems like an awful lot of water (1/2" thick by about 12" x 12").

Reviewing the forums, common problems I've seen are clogged drain lines (still seems a lot of water for that though; although I will say the drain pan is completely dry).

The other thing (I think) I've read is a bad defrost timer that may cause this.

Other changes I made today was to turn the freezer temp down a bit (colder), and to flip the "Saves energy/Reduces moisture" switch to "Reduces moisture". (I've ALWAYS kept it on "Saves energy" in the past.

I'll be waiting another week or so to see if any of the things I did today have any effect on anything, but I have a strong gut feeling they wont.

In the meantime, any other tips of things to check?

I know it must be tiring answering the same questions over and over, and I have a feeling this is one of those questions. So, I apologize for that.......

Thanks Much

Matt

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Always leave the energy saving switch on, this keeps your gaskets dry and prevents mold.  Your defrost drain is stopped up, when the frig goes into defrost 3 times a day the water is collecting in the bottom of the freezer, you will have to clear out the stoppage from the drain trough in the freezer to the drain pan underneath, just removing the ice will not solve the problem.

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Pegi -

Thanks for the tip on the mold/no mold switch - I'll leave it on the no mold setting from now on.

I pulled the fridge out, and there was a tube running from the bottom of the freezer to the drain pan - it was clear.

So then I removed the back panel (inside the freezer compt) - the pan at the bottom was frozen solid with ice... absolutely nowhere for water to go other than the freezer floor. I pured a few gleasses of hot water in, and eventually got it draining properly.

So, thanks again for that!

One question. On the "panel" that I had to remove to get to the drain, there is a gasket on either side. (gasket is probably the wrong word, but rubber/plastic strips). Anyway, the one on the left is all "crinkly" and is providing little to no seal between the freezer compartment proper, and the coil/fan/all the other gizmos behind the panel that the gasket is attached to.

Could this be contributing to the freeze up of the drain, and should I replace it?

Thanks

Matt

 

 

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Pegi -

I found the gasket at repairclinic.com, I'm going to go ahead and replace it. Also, unless there is a better way, I'll be ordering a coil cleaning brush from there.... mine are filthy. I mean BAD.

Vacummed out what I could, but I gotta think I'm losing a lot of efficiency.

Also I'll be ordering fropm there via this site.

Oh yeah - one other question, just to be sure. When you say  "Leave the energy saving switch on" , I assume you mean leave it set to "Reduces moisture", correct?

Thanks -

 

Matt

 

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Yes, the switch turns on mullion heaters in the cabinet that keeps the gaskets warm and dry, turning them off will not keep them warm.  I would replace the side gasket in the freezer even tho this probably had nothing to do with the defrost water problem and the condensor coil brush is a must, clean the coils at least twice a year, more if you have pets that shed...If your drain stops up again run hot bleach water  thru the drain, the bleach will keep the slimies from growing as fast again.  Glad I could help you repair this problem, this happens to all ref's over time...;)

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You are more than welcome....glad I could help...;)

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