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GE Bottom-Freezer Icing Problem?

Most-likely the problem stems from a design flaw in GE fridges. Access the evaporator fan through the bottom of the fridge by removing the bottom drawers, the floor and insulation of the fridge and de-ice the area around the fan by using a hair drier and hot water. After completing this you will then want to move to the back of the fridge where you will remove the metal insulated cover covering the upper drain section of the water drainage system. This will expose a snake-like section of tubing, this is where the underlying problem stems from. Remove this section and clean it out with warm water, a turkey baster can make this a little easier. If you notice that the blockage was caused by a build up of dirt and mould then re-install the section of line and replace the insulated metal cover. If the blockage seems to be caused by a ice build up, then re-install the section of line and do not re-install the insulated cover, this will prevent this section from getting too cold and causing a blockage.

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how do I access the evaporator fan on my GE mod. PDE18LZRACC fridge?


USUALLY BY REMOVING THE BACK FREEZER WALL U WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE FAN, U MAY NEED TO REMOVE THE FREEZER BOTTOM PLATE AS WELL.

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Hello I have a GE Profile with Brita refrigerator bottom freezer and it suddenly stopped cooling in the refrigerator portion. The freezer works but very weakly. Ive unplugged it, let it go for one hour, also cleaned all the huge amount of dust that was in the back bottom of the fridge and nothing seems to change. What to do?/


The drain is frozen up. The fan what provides the cooling air for the fridge is stuck in the ice. Remove the vegie crisper and pop the bottom under the crisper s out. Also remove the Styrofoam plate. You will see the problem right in front of you. Use a hairdryer to get rid of the ice build up. Good luck

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The freezer is usually cooled by the compressor, the fridge is then cooled by an evaporator fan motor ($30). If this fan seizes or slows down then the fridge warms up (it sometimes starts squealing before this happens). The fan may spin, but it if goes too slowly, then it would blow enough cool air into the fridge, especially if it is opened quite frequently.

If you think it is the evaporator fan motor:
Check to be sure you can get a replacement fan first, they last about 4 - 5 years. Can get from a parts supplier or electric motor company.
UNPLUG fridge. Located usually in top of freezer behind a vented cover plate. Remove cover, remove screws holding fan in, may have to cut wires. Replace with new motor, make sure the fan pushes air into the freezer area and doesn't spin backward drawing air from the freezer area.

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Evaporator fan stops working due to ice buildup around fan.


you need a drain tube heater.it is like a chain fence tie made from alluminum,you can actually use the fence ties,wrap one side around defrost heater and stick the other side in drain.that will prevent it from happening again

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how do you access the evaporator fan on a GE model GDS18LBR refriderator?


hi the fan is located under the floor of the fridge 6 screws on the floor remove the floor remove foam . replace the motor. thanks the appliance doc

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