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
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remove the rear panel in the freezer,and if evaporator coils a solid block of ice,take a hand held hair dryer and melt the ice,then remove the heater located under the coil and test it for continuity,if open replace it with g.e.# wr51x10055 heater element
if theres ice on the inside rear wall,you need to remove the rear panel inside the freezer,behind there will be the evaporator coil,it is probably iced up and air can't blow thru a wall of ice,defrost it with a hand held hair dryer,then check the defrost heater located under the coil for continuity as these in g.e. SxS units burn out often if its ok its possible its the defrost thermostat on the top of the coil clipped in th the coil,but it needs to be below 32 degrees to test goodthe heater number is AP3183311 from appliance parts pros.com
if freezer is okay...and its just affecting the fresh food..pull the freezer rear panel and see if its frosted on the coils..if so, use a hair dryer to melt the ice..it will work now, but you have a defrost problem and need to check the heater,defrost thermostat, and timer or electronic defrost control....
unplug and unload the freezer section. a panel in the back of the freezer should come out. behind it is the evaperator coil. if it covered with ice, thaw it out with a hair dryer. check the fan near the evap. coil to see if it turns freely. after drying out compartment, plug back in and see if fan works. if all looks fine, look for a florescent looking light bulb in the compartment.have it checked and replace if needed
Sounds like a defrost issue. The frost is caused because the defrost element heater is not working. Ice accumulates in the coils and blocks the air flow in to the freezer/refrigerator. GE refrigerators have an element heater behind that back panel under the evaporator coils. They are quite simple and inexpensive to replace. Use a hair dryer to defrost the coils to make the swap easier.
There is a big list of problems that can cause this poor freezing. This model has a "never clean" condensor coil that should not need cleaning as (as most coils do neeed cleaning every +/- 2 years. Of course this never clean idea assumes certain normal circumstances. If you have extra dusty conditions or high level of dirt and air movement around the frig, then the never clean aspect may not work for you and the coil need cleaning. Alsso, can be defrost timer, can be defrost thermostat, can be defrost heater coil, can be circulating fan in rear of freezer. If you push on the back panel of the freezer compartment and hear crunching sound, then there is frost blockage on the inner coil and you have a defrost parts/control problem. You must turn off unit, remove back panel and allow frost to melt (a heat gun or hair dryer will help;never use a pick or screwdriver to jab at ice on the coil-----one slip and you can easily puncture coil and its "all over". Goodluck, Macgivor
chances are the evaporator coils (behind the back freezer wall) are icing up and must be thawed out. this is from too much moisture freezing to the coils (door left open in hot weather, drain plugged, or fridge filled before letting it chill for a day empty and on). take back wall off and use warm water or a hair dryer (only until ice melts- do not overheat metal) to melt the ice. soak up excess water from under fridge, too. also check to see if the fan is working.
Turn off the refrigerator.Remove the freezer shelves/bins and rear panel. Take a hair dyer and thaw the ice completely. The defrost heater will be across the bottom of the freezer coil. The defrost thermostat will be attached to a refrigerant coil at the top of the freezer coil.It is about the size of a quarter and 1/2 inch thick.There will be wires from top to bottom on the sides of the coil.
check the defrost heater bet it is bad part number for replacement heater is wr51x10053
if the heater is bad defrost coil with a hair dryer till no ice is on the coil
be sure to lay a towel under the coil to catch the water if you dont the drain pan will overflow