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Freezer is completely covered with white ice

The freezer is not defrosting, but is staying cold. The refrigerator is warm. We have replaced the automatic defrost thermostat (round metal object with pink and orange wires). We are having to manually defrost it every week, it seems. It is a GE Hotpoint Model HSS251FMD WW and Serial # is GD283O87.

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  • sunset2watch Oct 25, 2008

    Yes, we always make sure the door is closed firmly.

  • normanjd Dec 03, 2008

    Our refrigerator is only three years old. We have had this problem over a year. This weekend we final got tired of it and replaced it with another one.

  • cmazan May 08, 2009

    I have the same symtoms. I defrosted the coils in the freezer compartment. The fan comes on. I put an ohm meter across the heater and got approx. 24 ohms. I also went to the back of the refer and checked a fuse on a circuit board and it is open. I can't make out what the ampere rating is.

    All I can determine is that it is 250V slow blow. Can you help?



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Sometimes a faulty door rubber can make the freezer work overtime. Does the door close firmly?

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

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    Debs Oct 25, 2008

    it could need a new motor. check the motor at the back if it is warm then it is okay. If it is really hot to the touch, then it could be on it's way out.

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