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Ice in the freezer. element failure? - GE Profile 26.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Dispenser TFX27PRBWW

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Could be timer defrost thermostart or heater

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GE Model GSS25JFMWW, started with the ice maker not working, then the water doesn't work half the time. Now the freezer and Fridge both stop working, and out of nowhere the will start again after a couple...


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

The ice-maker not working was a sign that the freezer temps were rising above 14 - 16 deg F. There ice-maker has an internal thermostat that activates the harvest cycle when the temps reach around 15 deg F. If the freezer is warming up it will never make ice.

What is most likely causing the recent symptoms of the unit shutting of and not stating for a long period is either an intermittent defrost thermostat (
The unit has a timed defrost cycle to START the cycle but there is a 60 deg F thermostat that opens to terminate the defrost cycle. If the defrost heater does not work the unit has to slowly warm up toward room temp without heat to reach 60 deg F for the defrost cycle to terminate. This can take a very long time if the freezer is more than 50% full as the contents will keep the temp below 60 deg F for an extended period.

I suspect you have a defrost element failure. Item 230 this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=210406&diagram_id=22357329#d22357329

You should read resistance across the defrost heating element. No resistance = open element.


There is the very very remote possibility that there is a problem with the main board. Item 801 this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=210406&diagram_id=22357329#d22357329
Since the unit works once defrosted I doubt the main board has failed.

There is a thermistor that is item 241 of this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=210406&diagram_id=22357332#d22357332 that can possibly cause the problem.

Thermistor Image:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/PartImage.aspx?imgid=Z3BqLjBfbXNfNTIwMDFYNTVSVy9IRUcvc290b2hwdHJhcC8%3d

If the defrost heating element is good then this would be suspect #2.

I hate to use someone elses material in a response but this one is so good that it is a must read:
http://www.appliance-repair-it.com/refrigerator-thermistor.html

Bottom line... I still think you have a defrost heating element problem at this time.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly





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You can test defrost element with an ohm meter(located inside freezer coils-will have two wires going to a plug connection), if OK replace defrost timer (located in various places depending on make and model of fridge)

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