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I have a GE side by side refrigerator and I just replaced the defrost heater last week because it would cool and than freeze up and I would have to turn in off and defrost it myself. Now it cools and stays cool but like twice a day it must defrost itself and there is water on the floor and the ice in the ice maker is soild.

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Icemaker solid:

This could be a problem with the icemaker not dumping the ice or with the water valve in back not shuting off completely.


Water in the floor:

This may be related to the icemaker but first check the drain under the evaporator coils.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

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