Iced up pipe in back of ge side by side refridgerator
Hi....I have a GE side by side fridge. A pipe in back of the fridge keeps icing up. It will ice up and then the ice will fall off and then happen again. We first noticed this because found water on floor in back of fridge.
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This is typical for frost-free refridgerators/freezers. In order to keep ice from buiding up on the interior walls of the freezer section, the manufacturer installs electric defrosting elements and extra "warming" elements in the outer edges of the cabinet, normally around the door openings to help mitigate any frost/ice build up and surface condensation that typically occurs on the exterior surfaces as the doors are opened and closed frequently.
These edge warmers stay very warm to keep ice and condensation from accumulating and will become VERY very warm (hot) when the fridge/freezer is in the once a day defrost cycle.
Unless you have an energy saver switch (GE trademark) inside the fridge section, which you can turn off, there is no way to disable these added elements. If you find that you're getting ice building up in the freezer, you'll need to turn off the energy saver switch to resolve that issue.
Energy Saver switch "ON" means these elements are off, while having the ES switch "OFF" means those heaters are running all the time and costing you more in energy consumption
There is a pipe that runs up the back of the appliance and feeds the ice maker , if this freezes inside then it canpush the fitting off the back of the appliance and cause water to go everywhere. Usual problem is a leaky watervalve causeing water to drip into the pipe which freezes and builds up until it is totally blocked.