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Freezer frozen solid freezer cool fridge not

A couple days ago I noticed the ice maker quit and the fridge was a little warm as the soda pop inside was not as cool as usual. Then eventually the freezer while still cool was allowing things inside to thaw and the fridge was now not even cool. Prompted to find out what was wrong I started digging around. I noticed a couple things... The compressor was running all the time and hot and the freezer had ice formed on the outside of the back panel. Took the back panel out and had ice all over the inner coils. Took a hair dryer and defrosted the coils dried it out and plugged it back in. It started making ice again immediately but the fridge side still doesn't seem cool enough yet. Talked to a friend of mine who thinks he is a Mr Fix It and he said the timer is out but I can't find it to check it. So 3 things.... Can you tell me if you think this is the timer.... How do I check it... and where is the timer at on this model... As I look up I noticed that I am on the wrong description... This is a GE side by side TFX22CR.

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  • jtyner5 Oct 28, 2008

    Same Issue

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    Have defrosted coils and am looking for the Defrost Timer, Heater and Thermostat. Which are which?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    Noticed Ice in the back of the freezer. Ice maker stopped working and fridge and freezer are running warm. Took off the back panel and appears that one of the condenser pipes may have leaked. You can see some blue crust on the foam and bottom panel.

  • Dana Miller Apr 13, 2009

    Ice maker stopped working. Noticed that refrigerator seemed warm, but freezer was ok. Next day items in freezer are melting, fridge seems warmer.

  • Dana Miller Apr 13, 2009

    Ice maker stopped working. Refrigerator seemed warm. Next day items in freezer are melting. Fridge is too warm.

    Kenmore Side-by-side made by GE



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Defrost timer is in the refrigerator side behind the panel where the light is located on the upper right corner. You need a straight head screw driver to turn it very slowly until you hear a click that is louder than the other clicks or until the fan stops running. I'm trying to find out how long it should be off myself. Mine went about 30 minutes. If the heaters coils are working you should be able to see them glowing through the grill at the bottom of the freezer.

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So where is the defroster timer located?

Posted on May 22, 2011

  • Leo Robb Jr May 22, 2011

    I need to know also.......where is the timer?


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HI look for this part in the freezer. its the most common one to fail.replace it

Posted on Oct 14, 2008

  • Leo Robb Jr May 22, 2011

    look for what part doc? You didn't specify one...........


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