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If you look in the freezer do you see a buildup of ice?Is the fan running,you will need to make sure the fan switch behind the icemaker is closed.I suspect from your description and reading there may be a defrost issue.Can you check that out and reply back.Please keep in mind,I am not there and need your input to correctly diagnose your problem.
There is a slight crust of ice on the roof of the freezer. Something comes on when I remove the freezer door and then depress the 3 switches in back near the ice maker. The fan I guess? I am willing to expose the evaporator coils if you give me a quick tutorial. I guess I would remove the coverings on the roof of my freezer. My unit has freezer drawer below Fridge.
I held it well beyond 15 secs. but it just alt between ice on & ice off. Should I get a confirmation that it entered defrost mode?
Also air temp inside freezer is 21 by multimeter with temp probe but display panel says 33
AND air temp in fridge compart. is 45 by probe but 37 on display?
Yes. but I have vacuumed it x 2! did you see last edit on fridge temps?
Condenser fan runs well. Enough air movement to keep paper up against condenser coil. Yes, I followed your advice form a 3 year old post about obtaining the temp readings. Just say "vacuum condenser". Any other possible codes? Still have not been able to "force defrost"
It worked! Heard click and fan no longer running in freezer. Will listen for popping and thawing. Does defrost stay on when freezer open? Will let you know if returns to normal temps eventually. How long should defrost cycle last, ~1/2 hour? Have lots of kids (10) freezer drawer could have been left open for long stetches without me seeing it.
Repeated forced defrost. Not hearing much cracking (a few unimpressive sounds, nothing at 2 minutes. Ice is melting on evaporator cover. If reg defrost with door open fixes it then I need a heater? If that works then I need a heater?
All's well now. It seems the defrost was the cure. Temps returned to normal (0 in Freezer 37 in Fridge). good for the past week. Leaving Freezer drawer ajar seems likely cause. I enjoyed learning how my appliance works and I appreciate your "lets try this before you start taking things apart." approach!