Question about GE GDS18LBR Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
Ice buildup around the Evarorator fan causes the fan to make noise then eventually stop. The drain hole below the fan gets clogged with ice causing the ice buildup. Produce in the vegtable bins above the bottom freezer become frozen. The upper portion of the refrigerator works fine. Problem seems to happen February/March in the Northeast, has happened twice since we purchased the refrigerator in 2005.
I finally added a piece of #12 copper wire, three wraps around the defrost element, leading down into the top of the drain tube. Now, when the defrost comes on, the wire is heated, along with the metal fitting at the top of the drain, avoiding build up of any ice in the area around the top of the drain after the defrost cycle.
Posted on Dec 21, 2016
The heater line is the companies solution to charge you more money, this is not required and playing with live home-made heating lines is not advisable as this could cause more problems than it solves. Most-likely the problem stems from a design flaw in GE fridges. Access the evaporator fan through the bottom of the fridge by removing the bottom drawers, the floor and insulation of the fridge and de-ice the area around the fan by using a hair drier and hot water. After completing this you will then want to move to the back of the fridge where you will remove the metal insulated cover covering the upper drain section of the water drainage system. This will expose a snake-like section of tubing, this is where the underlying problem stems from. Remove this section and clean it out with warm water, a turkey baster can make this a little easier. If you notice that the blockage was caused by a build up of dirt and mould then re-install the section of line and replace the insulated metal cover. If the blockage seems to be caused by a ice build up, then re-install the section of line and do not re-install the insulated cover, this will prevent this section from getting too cold and causing a blockage.
Posted on May 22, 2011
Use wire ties or garbage bag twist ties to secure it to the hot line running next to it from the compressor.
Posted on Mar 07, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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