Refrigerator was not cooling. Freezer was ok. Found the coils in the back of the freezer to be a block of ice. Maybe the doors had been felt open a lot? Used a hair dryer and fan to help un-thaw the unit. It worked for a while and the same thing happened. This time I noted that near the thawing element at the bottom of the coil that the outside wall of the unit was melted slightly. Seems like the element got too hot. Now the unit will cool and keep both sides at a proper temp for a while and then the coil freezes again. I think I need to change the element and thermostat but not sure what might have caused the element to melt at side wall. Could the thermostat have failed and stuck in the on position too long? Could the timer be bad? [I assume there is a timer. I can not find one) Any thoughts? Thank you!
ANSWER Hello Mike.
It sounds like you may have a defrost problem with the unit. Check and see if there is any frost build up on the back wall of the freezer. If so, you will need to test the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat. They should read closed for continuity when cold. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. I will include a link at the end to assist you how to use the multi-meter if needed. If both parts are good, you will need to replace the defrost timer 61005988. Once the problem is repaired, you will need to thaw out the ice on the coils before the unit will operate properly. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Monday, August 13, 2012