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Coils in the freezer are iced up

I used a hair dryer to unfreeze the coils on the freezer part of side by side and plugged back in but is not working at all can you help?

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  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    no its not working

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    I checked and no it is not working Thanks agin

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    2001 model

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    I didnt hear the compressor nothing is working except the ice maker i can hear it working but when i turn the ice maker off i dont hear anything else working

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    I have seen the settings for the fridge and freezer and took off the caps but there is a small opening but nothing to adjust.

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    what about the small fan by the freezer coils if that is not working would that cause the iceing up. or what about the heater element and where is it located?

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    Yes it just started up the coils have frost on them

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    just plugged it back in and tried to find the counter clock screws that you told me to turn and it started on which was weird because i plugged it in before i went to church and nothing happened. Now Duh its working. But if it ices up do you think i need the heating element replaced? And by the way thanks for your time and God bless you and family. Mikkee

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    Where is the timer located i know a little but just rather ask than act like i know?

  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    thanks again Ken from mike in Az.

  • nadams25 Jan 12, 2009

    My side by side fridge is not cooling properly either. My ice maker stopped working because it's not freezing the ice. I use my freezer part for my fridge because the fridge part is not cold enough to keep my milk from spoiling. That is the exact model that I have down below. Cost to much to have a repair man come out and fix it. Does any one have any ideas? Please help losing money on food that is spoiling. The fridge is running just not cooling.

  • mikkee777 Jan 14, 2009

    It has been two days and my freezer coils are icing up again is this the heater element. Hope to hear from you again ken.

  • mikkee777 Jan 14, 2009

    yes

  • mikkee777 Jan 14, 2009

    I dont think it has a timer because it just has settings also pulled the heater element and the glass is cracked.

  • mikkee777 Jan 14, 2009

    no i dont see anything but a red cap with wiring that leads up to the fan but the heater bulb is craked in half that expains the icing up

  • mikkee777 Jan 14, 2009

    do i ohm out the actual wires or the heater element?

    i will let it defrost over night and look at it tommorow, and get back to you so i will check for that t-stat your talking about. Do all refridgerators have that t-stat? I really looked good and dont see anything else besides the copper lines and a silver line sodered on the copper lines but wed when i pick up the heater i will ask the techs.

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    i put in the new heater element and its still icing up it is a dual heater so how often does the heater go on?

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    i ohmed out the wires when its was plugged in and i get a reading but heater is not going on i have a duall heater and it has a wire on left side that plugs in two male leads so the directions told me to plug on right side both wires.

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    i ohmed out the wires when its was plugged in and i get a reading but heater is not going on i have a duall heater and it has a wire on left side that plugs in two male leads so the directions told me to plug on right side both wires.

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    Do i have to replace the temperture control board and is it hard to take out?

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    I unscrewed the two screws that hold the temperture controls and i see the board is there anyway to test the board, and is this also have the timer in the board?

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    No there is nothing but water line i even checked the back.

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    there is a crome panel in the back and i took it off and i see a big circuit board.

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    are you talking about the back panel board or the front temp switch. Also if i go to the appliance parts store and ask for the timer will they show me a board?

  • toddg5252 Jan 17, 2009

    I have a GSH25KGMB with the same problem. Replaced the heater and T-stat. Started to get ice once again and will be checking to see if the heater has blown again. I will also check the defrost control if I can find it.

    Thanks

  • Ken Bledsoe May 11, 2010

    Does the fan work inside the freezer?

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Also does the compressor come on? Get back with me quick if compressor isn't working I'm on the internet tonight so will be checking my email now and then. ken

The fan is the problem if the compressor is running just remove the back panel and the fan sits right there in the middle they are a little tricky to replace but take it slow so you can remember the way the bracket holds the fan. Remove the fan blades they are just press fitted on and go to appliance repair house and get a new one take old one with you and get the model number of frig and make.

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  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 12, 2009

    Do you have a ohm meter? Also there is a relay on the back of the frig called a PTC relay. How old is your frig?

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 12, 2009

    Can you locate the thermostat area? That is where you adjust the setting for the freezer and the fresh food compartment. There is a slotted screw driver in a recessed area in the same housing as the t-stat. Take your screw driver and turn the slotted screw driver screw I think counter clock wise. It will only go one way so use light pressure as this is the advance for the defrost timer. When you hear a click the unit should come on. There could be a chance that your timer is bad. Let me know how that goes. ken

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 12, 2009

    The fan has to run in order for the coils to keep from getting a build up of ice. You are right. And the heater is located on the bottom of the coils in the freezer when the back panel is off you can see one wire on one side of the coils to the right and one wire to the left. Thats the heater that aids in melting the ice that has built up on the coils.

    I'm afraid your unit is stuck in the defrost and since you have unplugged and plugged in that usually that resets the circuit board which I think you have on your unit it controls everything.

    But when I first read your problem I noticed you defrosted all the ice so I thought the compressor was working just not defrosting properly. Then re reading it I seen where everything is down.

    One thing it could be is the t-stat being bad but that is rare.

    (Just to make sure.) You sound very sharp and have some mechanical wits to you.


    And your thermostat is on at least 3 for both freezer and fresh food compartment. It's not sounding too good for a quick fixya that you might be able to perform. I'm leaning towards a repair man visit.


  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 12, 2009

    There is one more thing the defrost thermostat inside the freezer compartment. That would shut down the whole unit should it open up. Can you check that with meter? Set your meter to ohm's and disconnect the two leads to the stat and ohm out. If it is bad you will not get a reading. That would make it act like stuck in defrost mode.

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 12, 2009

    What did you do>?

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 12, 2009

    Okay note the position that the screw is in it should advance in a 8 hour period your unit goes into defrost for about 20 to 30 mins. Then goes back into cooling. If it doesn't advance then the timer is bad. And needs to be replaced. As long as the fan works inside the freezer compartment you might be able to get by for awhile by either turning off frig for one hour every two days or what ever is going to work for you. But a new timer is needed. and god bless you and your family. ken here in kansas

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 12, 2009

    When you turned the screw that is the center of the timer. Just remove the wires and take timer off. You already have to cover off should be able to see the Phillips head screws holding it to unit. Should only have couple screws holding. Replace only if it doesn't advance, sometimes they get stuck and when you advanced it might be good to go now.

    Also your heater is okay forget to mention that earlier.


  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 14, 2009

    There is a t-stat on the coils that helps in defrosting the unit. Certain temp. and the t-stat opens and allows the compressor to quit and de-ice coils. I helped a person on this web site and we went through the same thing you are going through. Finally the guy was a transmission tech. and he was very sharp he was the one that actually figured it out. Do you have a ohm meter?

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 14, 2009

    Good if you already have the back panel off look at your coils and look for a round disk attached to the coils it will be about the size of a large quarter. Once you locate it and the unit has been running and icing up. Unplug the frig and pull the wires off the t-stat you found on the coils. Should have two wires. With your ohm meter in R for resistance check for resistance across the stat if you get a reading it's bad and needs to be replaced.

    One more thing has the timer advanced during the last couple days?



  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 14, 2009

    hi there Mike I looked up my past problem with that one I just told you about and the clue he got was. Look at the t-stat in your freezer and if it is puffed out then it is bad.

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 14, 2009

    No defrost t-stat? Attached to coils.

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 14, 2009

    yeah you are right, just wondering how it got cracked. Inside there is nothing that would do that. Maybe the ice built up so much that just the force of the ice did it.

    Did you ohm it out? Should have resistance because it is a heater for the freezer.


  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 14, 2009

    ohm the wires. No not all frig's have defrost t-stat's. Get back with me let me know.


  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 15, 2009

    Heater is good. Now the only thing it can be is the defrost control. And you must have a circuit board that does this. It should go into defrost every 8 to 12 hours for about 20 minutes using the heater to aid in heating up the coils to clear ice build up.

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 15, 2009

    Mike could you look under your unit remove the grill down by the floor in front of the unit. It is just snapped in place. Look for any electrical looking item. What I am thinking is this might be where the defrost control is located. It has 4 wires going to it generally square in shape. If will be easy to see as this is a common problem on unit's as they get older. You might have to get on floor and use flash light to see the clips holding the front panel on.

  • Ken Bledsoe Jan 15, 2009

    That is what controls the defrost cycle it's all timed. Circuit board no defrost timer. Do you see on the board a it's going to be small but a jumper wire that says something like test bypass it will have very tiny pins that you jump the defrost mode it's like a test that a tech would do to determine if that part of the board is working or not. This is getting a little hard for me to describe as everyone of them are different but the same if you know what I mean.

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