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GE TFX20JR BK WW side by side won't cool or freeze

I've got a GE side by side refrigerator model # TFX20JR BK WW and I noticed late last night that it didn't seems to be cooling and it's worse this morning. I emptied the freezer and took the back panel off and the coils are covered with ice.... and it's Christmas Eve :(

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  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    my GE Gss201EmBWH has the same problem help

  • packrdiane Jan 03, 2009

    My GE side-by-side seems to have stopped working on the freezer side, especially on the upper racks. There was a lot of frost buildup on the back, inside, and I've removed that but it didn't seem to help. Turned freezer temp to coldest setting, didn't help. The fridge side seems a little warm too....

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First point: The entire fridge is cooled by the freezer section. A fan blows air across to the food section.
2) Every 8 hours or so, a timer shuts off the compressor cycle, and starts up a heater to defrost the freezer coils. If the heater(s) are burnt out, or if the safety thermostat (to prevent overheating) is open, then you will have no defrost. The coils will frost up and eventually prevent airflow to the food section. Milk goes sour.
3) In rare circumstances, the timer itself can stall. This cause the same symptoms as above, but this is not as common as the other 2 causes of No Defrost.
Sequence: Check heater continuity. Check safety thermostat continuity while cold. Check defrost timer operation.
Hope this helps. I am a journeyman with 39 years exp. Happy New Year.

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