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Old 10-21-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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The freezer of side-by-side fridge/freezer was making noise like mice were scurrying around inside. I opened the door and hear dripping and sizzling and noticed an orange glow.

I don't see any evidence of water or ice from this. It's as though a heating element is heating up and causing ice to drip as water??

Is something wrong or is this part of some sort of process??
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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Sounds like it in a defrost cycle. That is controlled by a circuit board in the new refigerators. I think if you look at your manual that comes with it ;it steels about the heating which has to occur with defrost and the sounds. Always good to read the manual. In old refoigerators this happen by time whether it needed it or not wastign energy. New ones sense the need and do it only when needed.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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Sounds like it in a defrost cycle. That is controlled by a circuit board in the new refigerators. I think if you look at your manual that comes with it ;it steels about the heating which has to occur with defrost and the sounds. Always good to read the manual. In old refoigerators this happen by time whether it needed it or not wastign energy. New ones sense the need and do it only when needed.
Texdav, you are right on. I just pulled out the manual and under Troubleshooting it mentions various sounds and noises and what they mean. I've never heard this before, but I guess I have a frostless freezer and it defrosts about twice a day for 20 minutes. LOL
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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We have an upright freezer which has been running just fine up until this morning. It clicks on, but before it can go thru a cycle, it clicks off. Keeps cycling back and forth. So thankful for our freezer alarm!! Any suggestions for what might be wrong with it?
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:20 PM
 
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Could be a simple matter of replacing the compressor relay/overload. The service tech should check the amperage draw with his Amprobe as well as resistance values on the compressor windings. What you describe could also be a symptom of a failing compressor.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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We have an upright freezer which has been running just fine up until this morning. It clicks on, but before it can go thru a cycle, it clicks off. Keeps cycling back and forth. So thankful for our freezer alarm!! Any suggestions for what might be wrong with it?
It could be a number of things

Bad starting relay
Bad or burnt compressor

Bad capacitors

Bad klixon motor protector, usually it sits in the little housing where the wires connect to the compressor but many times it is embedded in the windings and not replaceable.

Condensor fan failed or coil blocked with dust causing over temperature in the compressor tripping the motor protector

Not knowing what controls you have, low refrigerant could trip a low pressure swich if you have one.

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:53 AM
 
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A domestic freezer probably wouldn't have a low pressure switch and more likely a static condenser.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:57 AM
 
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i have seen some older ones with a condensor fan . i have been away from servicing refrigerators for decades now so i have no idea what is on them as far as controls so i figured i would mention a low pressure switch.

heck i saw ac units now that have drives built into the motors. who would have thunk it.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:09 AM
 
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If a defroster heater element is "stuck on", I'd suggest checking the thermostat that's inside the freezer.

I cannot stress more the utility of online repair forums for assistance with this sort of question - anytime anything seems to be going wrong with one of our major appliances I just surf on over to there and search for similar symptoms and, almost always, will get MORE than one relevant message thread; one repair/parts site I use often (simply because it has proven its worth for me, not because "It's the best!"...) is Appliance Parts Pros

[within the last year or so I replaced a freezer thermostat - I forget the details but what was happening was a regular defrost cycle that SHOULDN'T have been happening or should have turned off faster or something like that - food items like ice cream (and just the ice) were showing the effect of too high a temperature for a short period of time (melt/refreeze). Replacing the thermostat fixed it]
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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you must check out thermostat....
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