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    water/ice build up in freezer?

    Got home today and noticed that our 5 year old fridge has quite a bit of water/ice in the bottom of the freezer of our side by side fridge. We have had this problem before, i think we called a repairman and he replaced the thermostat.

    Does anyone know if its more likely a bad thermostat or just that the freezer is running too cold and the drain at the bottom is clogged? That's what everyone online seems to be the case, but i guess you really don't know unless you can test it.

    This is like the 3rd problem we've had with this Whirlpool fridge in 5 years. We kinda want to just buy a new one, but just wanted a few opinions of what others think. plus id rather not drop a G or more on a new fridge. thanks.


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    Re: water/ice build up in freezer?

    It's winter. Keep your frozen food outside.

    No, but seriously. We have had this problem with our fridge downstairs from time to time in the summer. I think it had to do with the humidity for us. In your case, I really don't know. Thermostat seems to make sense.



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    Re: water/ice build up in freezer?

    I'd unplug it and defrost.



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    Re: water/ice build up in freezer?

    I unplugged it all night, quite a bit of water/ice soaked into the towels i left in front of the open door. Now I just want to know how long until it freezes up again? If its soon then i guess its the thermostat?


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    Re: water/ice build up in freezer?

    I had the same issues. I had to change the defrost controller board. That worked for about a year or so, then it started to do it again. I found out that the fridge was literally tipped too far forward, which caused two problems

    1. The water during the defrost would run towards the doors instead of out the drain
    2. The doors wouldn't always close all the way, which contributed to the extra moisture.

    There are normally level adjusting screws by the front feet/wheels, sometimes they are behind some covers. I cranked those screws up, to tip the fridge back ever so slightly, and I haven't had the problem since. The doors close much nicer now too.

    I was in the same boat as you, I was literally minutes away from buying a new one, until I came across the leveling advice on the web.



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    Re: water/ice build up in freezer?

    Quote Originally Posted by herbicide View Post
    I had the same issues. I had to change the defrost controller board. That worked for about a year or so, then it started to do it again. I found out that the fridge was literally tipped too far forward, which caused two problems

    1. The water during the defrost would run towards the doors instead of out the drain
    2. The doors wouldn't always close all the way, which contributed to the extra moisture.

    There are normally level adjusting screws by the front feet/wheels, sometimes they are behind some covers. I cranked those screws up, to tip the fridge back ever so slightly, and I haven't had the problem since. The doors close much nicer now too.

    I was in the same boat as you, I was literally minutes away from buying a new one, until I came across the leveling advice on the web.
    Oh yeah. We had to retilt our fridge as well.



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    Re: water/ice build up in freezer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    I'd unplug it and defrost.

    I would do this.


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