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Whole room stunk . Refer had Ice on the back panel on the Freezer

GE 19 ft Refer Side By Side, built in 1994. The refer is located in the laundry room. Went in the other morning and the whole room stunk. Opened the freezer door and there was ice on the back panel. Opened the refer door and it was warm so it quit cooling. That is all I know about it. I thing that a tube broke and all of the refrigerant leaked out thus causing the pungent smell. You have a thought?

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The fact that ice was built up on back of freeezer tells me that the refrigerant system is probably ok. most likely from your description you have a defrost system problem. whne ice builds up very heavily it starts to act like insulation (think igloo) so it will allow frozen foods to thaw and fresh foods to spoil. here is how to check. in refrig compartment I need you to remove the control panel/light lens in rear, these are held in place by the control knobs and then you pull out on the cover to release. once this is removed I need you to look for the defrost timer there will be a hole to the right of the temp controls it has a grey or black looking knob in it that you can turn with a flat tip scre driver. turn this knob until the unit clicks off. now you will have to wait a few minutes but listen in the freezer compartment for a sound that sounds like water falling into a hot frying pan, you may also notice a glowing red light at teh bottom of the cover in the back of the freezer.
if the heaters don't come on then the timer is ok. teh next step is remove the rear freezer cover and defrost the ice out of the coils. you can use a hair dryer, or a wet dry vac set to the blow position. once the ice is gone inspect the heaters for burnt or broken condition. (ge uses glass rod heaters and heater breakage is very common) I suspect the heaters are the problem anyway.
be aware that you are going to get lots of water the drain pan will not contain all of the defrost form this bad a freeze up. good luck peyton

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