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NotNut
Feb 4, 2020


last week my the freezer on my fridge stopped freezing stuff. it only keeps it around 35-40 degrees now. it seemed to happen abruptly. the fridge part still works, but the freezer just isn't working for some reason. it's an Amana 20 Energy Saver fridge with a bottom freezer, that I got used and it's pretty old but worked fine up until now

the freezer has a shelf, and underneath on the bottom layer was a shitload of frost


ignore the red box, it's just a receipt. you can see I tried scraping some of the frost aware and found some kind of gap back there but I'm not sure what it is

the bottom of the freezer is directly adjacent to underneath the fridge so here are some pics of what that looks like


I only cleaned the lint out like it says after the trouble started and it went years without that ever being done. not sure if it could be related to the problem. there's also more huge dust bunnies in the shadows that the camera flash didn't reach


here's the left side. on the right is a thing you can turn that clicks, and on the left is a removable tray. the tray is below a hose like it's going to have some liquid in it, and it had a bunch of junk when I removed it that I could tell was from evaporated liquid. but not it stays completely dry, so that could be related to the problem


the left side with the tray removed

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CountScary
Oct 17, 2017



Sounds to me like your drain is plugged.

At the bottom of the freezer, in where the cooling coils are, is a drain, that is used to collect and get rid of the water that forms on the coils. Once that is clogged, the frost accumulates on the freezer's bottom and then it can cause the coils to freeze.

So.....you _may_ be able to fix it by defrosting the entire unit, finding the drain and then cleaning it.

My samsung has this happen and even after cleaning and defrosting it keeps doing it.



In fact that hose and tray is the drain hose and evaporation tray.

His Divine Shadow
Aug 7, 2000

I'm not a fascist. I'm a priest. Fascists dress up in black and tell people what to do.


That drain clogging is a repeated problem in my fridge, you can tell when it's clogged because then the fridge causes an underpressure when you close the door and it's tough to open again until the pressure equalizes. That means it's time to take some air and blow it clean. That's a good test to see if it's clogged or not.

Since I don't want to drag in my compressor every time I modified a bicycle pump for the purpose.

NotNut
Feb 4, 2020


Could I just use a pipe cleaner?

NotNut
Feb 4, 2020


Also I tested my defrost timer and found that it doesn't move so I'm ordering a new one of those

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NotNut
Feb 4, 2020


replacing the defrost timer worked, although the original timer is fuckin impossible to dismount with the screws being behind stuff so I just have the new one hooked up and sitting there

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