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I have a Admiral Designer Series HMG 19177. The freezer itself

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I have a Admiral Designer Series HMG 19177. The freezer itself is building up with ice and I believe the fan is constantly running and the temperature is at it's lowest setting. The refrigerator is barely cool if at all and it's setting is at it's highest. What seems to be the problem with it?
Hello my name isXXXXX will be assisting you with this problem today. Thanks for trusting us to help you with this appliance question.

Ok the problem here is the defrost system has failed, You will need to take the food out of the freezer and put it in a ice chest, next unplug the unit and take the shelf's out of the freezer. Remove the lower panel on the inside rear of the freezer, Once the panel is out you will see the evaporator (looks like a radiator on a car), this is going to be caked with frost/ice, thaw the ice/frost with a hair dryer. Once you have done this you will see the defrost heater looped below the evaporator. Test the heater with a ohm meter, If it reads open then it will need to be replaced.

If the heater tests good (reads continuity) then the defrost thermostat/sensor will need to be replaced. This is located clipped to the top corner of the evaporator.

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Hi Bill,

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help? If you are still having a problem please feel free to come back for additional assistance.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Mike,

I didn't have a meter for the testing of the sensor or heater therefore I defrosted the whole refrigerator and cleaned out everything underneath was full of animal hair. Everything is running fine right now including the fan or motor compared to before when it was constantly running and it was very loud. Now it is very quiet. If it happens again soon then I will have a meter ready to check it out properly. I might have to contact you again!

Thanks again,


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