We have a side by side kitchenaid "superba" fridge.
For whatever reason I happened to pull out the bottom drawer and noticed
that behind a vent the is a drip pan with a resistance wire above it. The
coil was red hot and water was dripping from somewhere into the pan. Is
what was odd is that the item closest to the back of the drawer was actually
somewhat warmer than the rest of the items in the drawer.
is this just part of a defrost cycle of some sort?
That is normal..As you suspected, that is your defrost element. It comes
one once or sometimes twice a day to melt the ice from the evap coil.
Without this your fridge would stop cooling in about three days..I know this
as my Frigidaire did this..That element only runs for a few minutes and does
cause a bit of warmth but only temporarily...
**I heard a sizzling noise inside my refrigerator and it looked like
something on fire when I opened the freezer door. What should I do?
There are defrost heaters imbedded in the evaporator coil in your
refrigerator to defrost the coil after an accumulated period of
running time of the compressor. You were probably seeing and hearing
the refrigerator in a defrost cycle. Since you unplugged the
refrigerator, the coil is now defrosted and if you plug it back in,
you will not hear this sound. In fact, the refrigerator will not run
because it is probably still in defrost. So plug it back in, let it
sit until it starts running and cooling. I have made many service
calls for this identical situation. Don't be afraid to plug it back
in. Turn it off at control, plug in, and turn control back on. If
there is something actually wrong, you can unplug it again.**
Certainly sounds like it yes.
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