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Fridge was warm while the freezer remained cool.

Eric G. • Newport News, VA • March 23, 2014
My Repair & Advice

Opened the rear panel of the fridge, and found the coils completely iced over. I took off the defrost heater at the bottom of the fridge, and it was evident that the burner was burnt out. I tested with a multimeter to verify there was no continuity in the element. To get by, I defrosted the coils with a hair dryer, soaking up the water with a towel at the bottom of the freezer directly below the coils. I wrapped the leads to the heater element with electrical tape to prevent moisture getting into the leads, and reassembled the fridge. This will bought me enough time until I could receive the part (it takes several days for the coils to ice over to the point where they are impeding airflow). Once I received the part, I repeated the process. Removed the back panel, defrosted the coils with a hair dryer, and installed the new defrost heater.

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Repair Time Estimate

30-60 minutes

Tools Used
    Screwdrivers
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