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Freezer/refrigerator I have a GE side by side (approximately 6 years old). I have been having troubles with the freezer side building up frost on the back then the freezer gets warmer as well as the refrigerator side (mainly warmer on the top shelves and door). Eventually it will start working again and then go back thru the cycle of of warming up. We have had 3 parts replaced and still no luck. I think our repairman is baffled. Any advice? Joan

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Refrigerators with an evaporator (called a humid plate on this type of refrigerator) in the refrigerator section are called a semi-automatic defrost. This means that the freezer section occasionally needs defrosting but the refrigerator section defrosts by a means called "heat leakage defrost". How it should work....
the cold control, (the electrical device under the dial), leaves the compressor off for long enough for the plate to melt off each cycle.
If yours is not melting off perhaps you have a faulty control or you have it set too high. hope this help

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  • Jerry Parmanand Dec 20, 2008

    Refrigerators with an evaporator (called a humid plate on this type of refrigerator) in the refrigerator section are called a semi-automatic defrost. This means that the freezer section occasionally needs defrosting but the refrigerator section defrosts by a means called "heat leakage defrost". How it should work....

    the cold control, (the electrical device under the dial), leaves the compressor off for long enough for the plate to melt off each cycle.

    If yours is not melting off perhaps you have a faulty control or you have it set too high. hope this help

  • Jerry Parmanand Dec 20, 2008

    Refrigerators with an evaporator (called a humid plate on this type of refrigerator) in the refrigerator section are called a semi-automatic defrost. This means that the freezer section occasionally needs defrosting but the refrigerator section defrosts by a means called "heat leakage defrost". How it should work....

    the cold control, (the electrical device under the dial), leaves the compressor off for long enough for the plate to melt off each cycle.

    If yours is not melting off perhaps you have a faulty control or you have it set too high. hope this help good

  • Jerry Parmanand Dec 20, 2008

    Refrigerators with an evaporator (called a humid plate on this type of refrigerator) in the refrigerator section are called a semi-automatic defrost. This means that the freezer section occasionally needs defrosting but the refrigerator section defrosts by a means called "heat leakage defrost". How it should work....

    the cold control, (the electrical device under the dial), leaves the compressor off for long enough for the plate to melt off each cycle.

    If yours is not melting off perhaps you have a faulty control or you have it set too high. hope this help good luck

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