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GE side by side fridge TFX22JR not staying cold

Hi, our side by side fridge got warm on the fridge side about three weeks ago, and was iced up on the freezer side. We thawed it out and it worked after that, but now we have the same situation again.
I understand it could be the defrost heater, the defrost timer, or the defrost bimetal strip. What do you think? We want to fix it ourselves. Thanks!
The Kanes

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  • kanes_tucson Dec 16, 2008

    Thanks, that's good information to know and I'll keep it for future reference. We decided just after posting the message that we would go ahead and replace the defrost heaters, because we found a corroded and broken wire on one of them. The fridge has been working great ever since. =Kanes

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

    Hi, our side by side fridge got warm on the fridge side, and was iced up on the freezer side just like what you describe. We are currently thawing it out. I wonder what checking continuity with a meter across the defrost heaters means, don't even know what the defrost heater look like. Where does it locate ? 



  • haroldt May 24, 2009

    Our Freezer side was left open for an entire day and defrosted itself. We uplugged the unit and plugged it back up and it began to make a huge ice block on the rear wall of the freezer side.

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You need to unplug the unit and check continuity with a meter across the defrost heater/s. If they are open, that's your problem. The defrost termination thermostat HAS to be below 20 degrees (varies model to model) to close. If at room temp it will read open. Doubtful it is your defrost timer.

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