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Freezer has developed some frost in the back

I have a 4 year old side by side GE refrigerator [mod# GSS20IEPH CC]
that is freezing up the Evap coil. Like a similar posting; when I manually defrost it, the frig work fine for 7-10 days, than re-freezes. I'm fairly handy and have replaced the defrost software at the back but am now stumped on what procedure to do next. I heard it mentioned that it could also be the defrost element heater as well as the defrost thermal disk T-stat. I'll check both items with Fluke ohmeter to see if there continuity. Please advise if you help me over this hurdle.
Thanks----JERRY O

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    I have a 4 year old side by side GE refrigerator [mod# GSS20IEPH CC]
    that is freezing up the Evap coil. Like a similar posting; when I manually defrost it, the frig work fine for 7-10 days, than re-freezes. I'm fairly handy and have replaced the defrost software at the back but am now stumped on what procedure to do next. I heard it mentioned that it could also be the defrost element heater as well as the defrost thermal disk T-stat. I'll check both items with Fluke ohmeter to see if there continuity. Please advise if you help me over this hurdle.
    Please note that both circulating evap fans are working. Please advise
    Jerry O

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Instead of going the electrical route, have you tried basic mechancal? Insufficient air moving over the evaporator coil can produce icing on the evap coil. I would try replacing the fan first. Make sure it's pushing enough cfm to do the job. Make sure it's the right one for the unit (ie. don't replace a 3 blade fan with a 4 blade, note the correct amperage ect.)  Also, if the refrigerant is not being metered properly at the entrance to the evap coil, that can cause icing. Check your TEV. If there is dirt, oil, or something blocking it, that would be a cause. Check your delta temp. If your not reading a 20 degree difference across your coil, I would think about my suggestions.

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Check the defrost timer

A mechanical defrost timer controls the defrost cycle of the appliance. In older models, the timer runs continuously and roughly every six hours, cuts power to the cooling system and sends power to the defrost heater. In newer models the timer advances only while the compressor or defrost cycle is running - an improvement for efficiency. As the timer continues to advance, power to the heating element is cut and power is restored to the cooling system. If the timer does not advance, the appliance will be stuck either in defrost or refrigerate mode, resulting in, respectively, no cooling or frost build-up.

The defrost timer is usually found behind the front grill of the freezer. It may also be found behind a cover plate inside the freezer, in the temperature control console, or behind the freezer near the compressor.
To test whether the defrost timer is simply failing to advance, locate the advance screw and turn it clockwise until you hear it click. This advances it to the next mode. If it was cooling before, it is now in defrost mode. Simply wait about 35 minutes and check whether it has left defrost mode and has resumed cooling (listen for the compressor). If it does not advance, the timer motor is probably bad and the entire timer needs to be replaced. If it advances as it should, then you can follow the steps below to test the switch electrically.
The timer is usually held in place with one or more screws. Remove the screws and gently pull the timer out far enough to disconnect the wiring connector. The connector can be removed by firmly pulling and rocking it left and right. It is not necessary to note the position of the wires because the connector plug is keyed so that it can be replaced in only one way.

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Check the air circulating fans are working fine.

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