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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Unplug and manually defrost with a hair drier because that ice you see on back wall of your freezer is a result of frost buildup behind that rear panel. Place all the frozen items in another safe place until the defrost is complete.Here is what your freezer may look like behind that rear panel. Not much cooling in freezer or fresh food section because this frost is blocking airflow.
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...
Sounds like a defrost problem. Check to see if
there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not
defrosting as it should.
bad defrost timer
bad defrost heater (in freezer)
bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice
melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if
is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above
Icbdeb, more than likley your defrost heater failed. To make sure you want to go to the board located on the back side of the refer. Unplug the refer. Remove the cover. On the board you will see a 3 pronged blue harness. It will say line, comp, def on the board. Leaving the harness on,.take a jumper wire with clips and jump line to def. (defrost). Plug the refer back in. This will send 120V to your heater. In the freezer comp. remove the back panel, the heater will be on the bottom of the evaporator. After jumping line to defrost, see if the heater comes on. If it doesn't get a meter and see if you have `120V to the heater. If you do, the heater is bad. Part number WR51X10032. Look it up at repairclinic.com to see what your after.Easy job. Catriver.
froggy, First check the back panel of the freezer section and see if you have a big frost build up. If so, you probably have a defrost problem, heaters more than likely. If there is no frost build-up check to see if the fan in the freezer (evaporator fan) is running. If that's ok, next would be the automatic damper. Have someone unplug the refer. Open the refer door and listen for the damper door to open when someone plugs the refer back in. If thats operational, next would be the thermistors, you would have to ohm them out to see if they are in range. Seldom is this the problem. Check these things out and get back on what you find. Catriver..post back.