GE side by side freezer not defrosting (model GSS25SGBRSS)
The freezer is not defrosting, and lots of ice is building up on the coils and face plate in front of the coils. I've defrosted it, and it's ok for a few days/weeks, but then ice starts to build up again. I tried to search for parts for model GSS25SGBRSS, but it doesn't seem to be valid model number. I'm sure I just need to replace the defrost sensor, if only I could find a part number.
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Re: GE side by side freezer not defrosting (model...
There are only like two different ones that the manufacture use. one has four wires to it and the other i thinlk has three. All you need is the k=make and the model number of your refrigerator and the people at the parts house should be able to help you.
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Causes of ice build up on coils:
Not enough freon (leak).
Coil defrost heater not working (Coils on all freezers freeze up, but you should not notice).
Coil defrost timer not working.
Compressor thermostat not working (or end fell out of proper location).
The defrost circuit has failed in your fridge. Typical failure is with the defrost heating element. To troubleshoot, you need to remove the remove the contents of your freezer section and remove the freezer back panel to access the evaporator coil. You will need a hair dryer to melt the ice on coil. The heating element is attached to the coil. Use a meter to confirm that the element is bad. Hope this helps you.
I would suggest fixing it . You only have 2 parts in the defrost system . A timer , and the defrost heater which comes with the bimetal , pt . # WR51X10031 .Most probable , is the defrost heater . You will need to remove the rear inside freezer panel , and defrost the coils with a hair dryer . After defrosting , 2 screws hold each ( 2 ) heater on , ant the defrost thermostat , just clips onto the top of the coils .
my refrigerator goes into auto defrost every 60hrs for 45 minutes or till the bi metal(defrost thermostat) says it had enough....recently i had ice built up on the coil because my defrost thermostat was stuck open...
ice builds up because the moisture that comes from opening the door or food condenses on the cold coil...tempurature of the coil is below 32 degrees which will ice up the condensed moisture...
Due to the frosting up, The glass defrost heater broke. Any good tech knows this happens. The defrost heater must be replaced. If this is a GE side by side. The new replacement heater has dual elements. The standard heater that was put in them, was not large enough to defrost the coils fully. Replace heater and you should be fixed up. I would also replace the thermostat while you are in the freezer section they are only like 15 bucks and this way you will have a new defrost circuit.
First of all you need to clean the coils (condenser coils under the unit or evaporator coils inside the freezer). The coils inside could be iced over because of failure of defrost system. Now check that the condenser fan under the fridge is working properly. Check that the fan in the freezer work which pulls cold air from the coils inside freezer and blows it to the fridge side. Are the temperature control knobs in the fridge adjusted correctly? It actually just opens a vent to let more or less cold air in from the freezer. It takes a while for the ice to build up in the freezer enough to affect the cooling.
My first guess would be the defrost timer. You can manually turn it to engage the defrost cycle and observe whether or not the defrost heaters come on. Now use a hair dryer to speed up melting the ice when there is lots of ice buildup. Most timers are 24 hour timers. It will turn the defroster on every 6 or maybe 12 hours depending on the model.
Before testing the defrost heater, unplug the refrigerator to avoid an electrical shock hazard.
The defrost heater is usually located at the back of a side by side freezer or under the floor of a top freezer. It will be necessary to remove obstructions such as the contents of the freezer, freezer shelves, icemaker and the inside rear or bottom panel of the freezer.
The heater is connected by two wires. The wires are connected with slip on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If the connectors are corroded they should be replaced.
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if u have frost build up in the freezer it will affect the temperature and it needs to defrost problems could be defrost timer. thermostat. terminator. heater s. unit problems (unlikely) if even frost coating.
I posted this on another problem, but this may help you too. Check to see if there is frost on the back panel of the freezer. If there is try solution below: ................................................................................................ I had a similar problem. The frost in the back is an indication that
your coils are frozen. This could be from food packages falling out of
the freezer drawers in the back and blocking the air circulation vents
or maybe the freezer door was not closed completely and letting
moist/humid air in and freezing the coils. For me it was the first
problem listed.I had to completely empty the freezer and Frig. and take
the back panel off in the freezer. There you will see the coils and
lots of ice! 1. Remove all items from the frig. and freezer and unplug frig. 2. Pull all the freezer drawers out. 3.
On my GE side by side I took the light cover off and removed the bulb.
There you will see two panel screws. Remove the screws. 4. Now pull out the mouldings on each side and you should be able to remove the panel. 5. Take a hair drier and completely defrost all the ice from the coils. Be
sure to keep plenty of towels handy for all the water mess. Remember to
keep an eye on the drain tray in the back of the frig. and use a sponge
to collect the water that will build up. Hope this helps!..... Woody