BEFORE YOU START
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Readers who envisage to carry out similar works inspired by the below method shall do this at their own risks and liability.
Symptoms of an iced freezer:
- The combined fridge/freezer (bottom freezer unit) is building ice.
- The lower drawer is blocked and cannot be pulled out.
- Some condensate (water) is found on the floor from time to time.
- Both fridge and freezer temperatures are normal and no other symptom is there.
Freezer deicing pictorial
1- Before you unplug the unit, confirm with a thermocouple meter or any other temperature reader that the temperature is around -18 deg.C.
4- A hole leading to a drain tube got blocked by some dirt which slowed the flow and iced the condensate. The latter can no more flow out which causes the ice to build inside the freezer compartment.
7- Introduce a drinking straw to make sure nothing blocks anymore the tube.
10- Take it out while taking care not to let the water and vinegar you used splash out. In normal conditions, the condensate in this tray evaporates when heated by the compressor, which is just beneath.
13- Wait until the freezer deices.
2- Just skip step 1 if you have no meter and if all food inside seems well frozen. Remove the drawers. Thick ice can be seen at the bottom of the unit.
5- Heat some water and pour it on the ice until the hole is visible and water flows well.
8- Rotate the fridge and find the condensate tray at the back on top of the compressor.
11- Look inside and you will see the tube tip which is made of rubber and kept closed to avoid hot air goes into the freezer.
14- Fit back the drawers.
3- Remove the inner panel cover. A few Philips screws usually hold it. See our tip for fixing a warm fridge for more details.
6- Continue with some white vinegar to dissolve any deposits inside the drain tube. See our tips for cleaning a water cooler and a percolator for the use of vinegar.
9- Push the clips with a flat screwdriver to unlock the tray.
12- Pull it out to make sure it is well clean and does not stick when closed. You can use some oil from inside to make sure it does not stick.
15- Restart your unit and activate the quick-freeze button.