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My GE refrigerator coils on the freezer side by side iced up and i used a hair dryer to thaw it out now it dont work at all do i replace the coil?

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  • mikkee777 Jan 12, 2009

    Where is the heater element thanks Joe Rex . from Mikkee

  • mikkee777 Jan 14, 2009

    thanks to ken and mixedmedia i bought the broken heating element and will install now will let you know how it goes, thanks again you two men. Mike from Az

  • mikkee777 Jan 15, 2009

    do i have to put the ice maker on in order to see if everything is working?

  • mikkee777 Jan 17, 2009

    Thanks for all your help it was my board also heater element. I give you and Ken all the credit couldnt have done it without your help its nice to see that there is still people that will help you. Mike from Az



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Your defrost timer is probubly defective, In side the freezer compartment near the thermostat you should find a hole with a knob recessed that you can turn with a screw driver ... turn it til you feel it click. wait to hear if you hear the ice start to crack.
If so thats your problem. Other include: Burny out heater element, bad defrost termination t-stat

Joe Rex

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