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Freezer keeps icing up, making the fridge not cold.

SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
edited March 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Okay, so I moved into this place with a few friends a few months ago, and the landlords said the fridge was still pretty new, meaning less than a year old. The way the thing is constructed is, the cold air moves through a vent at the back of the freezer and down into the fridge. The problem is, this vent is on the floor of the freezer, and somehow ice keeps getting into the damn thing. This is the second time it's done this in about a month; after the first, my roommates and I started keeping less stuff in there and keeping it well away from the back wall. I just put down a wire rack so now stuff isn't even on the floor of the thing.

I realize this is the landlord's problem, but is there any way to manage this after defrosting the fridge and freezer again, short of asking them to get a new refrigerator? Can I poke at it with a paperclip to get air moving again? Part of me thinks I should run hot water through the vents, the other part thinks the first part is stupid and that that would just add to the ice.

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mts wrote: »
heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Spending too much money eating out. That's about it. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    It just sounds like you have the freezer turned up way too high.

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  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    There's only one dial on this thing that I can find, inside or out, and it's in the fridge; I've got the cooling turned as low as it can be without shutting it off. I'm guessing that the thermometer in the fridge is sending the signal that it's too warm down there so the freezer should make more cold air, which just hardens the ice more and more. There's no separate temperature control.

    mts wrote: »
    heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
    1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
    2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
  • kneelingyakkneelingyak Registered User
    edited March 2011
    You are partially right that you need to run hot water through the vents in the freezer but you are probably not thinking of the right one.

    Most normal refrigerators (I don't know about the really fancy ones or that don't have the freezer on top) have an arrangement like you have. The freezer is the part that actually gets cold and some cold air is directed into the refrigerator compartment. The amount of air that is redirected is controlled by a damper which you adjust with those temperature knobs.

    Most freezers also go through a defrost cycle so that the coils don't completely freeze over. There is then a small hole in the back of the freezer that the water drains down into a pan under the fridge where it evaporates into the room. I would guess that this small hole is frozen over so that the defrosted ice cannot drain properly. In my instance this caused water to drip down into the refrigerator compartment every time the defrost cycle ran.

    Once you actually FIND this hole it is an easy fix. Run small amounts of hot water down the hole until it comes out the bottom. The problem is that in my case I had to take everything out the freezer compartment (including the bottom and back panel of interior). Once I disassembled everything the entire bottom of the freezer (UNDER what you normally think of as the bottom) was a sheet of ice roughly 1/2" thick. You can damage some of the components back there if you are not careful. Since you are renting I would suggest you talk to the landlord about having someone come out to service it. If it is new like they say they probably have a warranty. If they won't come out and you feel up to it you should be able to fix it yourself.

  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Alrighty, I'll head to the market and get some ice so I don't lose the food in there.

    mts wrote: »
    heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
    1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
    2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
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