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Evaporator fan stops working due to ice buildup around fan.

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.

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  • terry266492 Mar 07, 2009

    Do you know the GE part number for this Drain Tube Heater and how it gets installed/attached to the defrost heater in the refrigerator?


  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    The Freezer is at around 30 degrees and the refrigerator is around 42 degrees. One month ago we had a technician in and he cleared ice from around the fan, and he found no other problem. The noise started again last week, then stopped. 3 days later the temperature is off. Maybe the fan stopped or it is iced up again?



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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.

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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.

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  • enteremail Sep 12, 2011

    I have a GE Profile Brita Type 5 bottom freezer model. Approximately 3 weeks ago a very annoying sound began to emit from the refrigerator compartment until the ice build-up eventually ceased the compressor fan and refrigeration of the fridge compartment leaving the freezer as the only operating unit.

    I read the many different GE internet sites, the comments from the hundreds plus frustrated owners and the How to Fix blogs for help. It seems to be a common problem where some frustrated owners decided to video tape the loud annoying noise to alert the internet world and to voice their dismay with GE customer and technical service support. (Deplorable!) I followed one of the suggested internet solutions where I used a hair dryer to heat the build-up of ice in the condenser compartment and the fridge worked for a few days before the repeat of the ice build-up froze over the fan and condenser again. This next time I left the refrigerator turned off for 3 days allowing for all ice to melt. Once again the unit worked extremely well for a few days until the ice build-up surfaced again. This time I left the Styrofoam cover off and condenser open. As crazy as it may be, the refrigerator operates without problem and even is colder than the setting. The defrost cycle works and the water appears to evaporate as expected but as soon as I return the Styrofoam covering the ice build-up problem returns. I have a refrigerator operating with an exposed condenser – not the best solution. I am aware that many GE owners have experienced this problem but has anyone found the solution? My attempts to work with GE failed and their answer was simple – this is a problem that requires a trained technician. I have read that it may be the motherboard, a blocked tube (where?), the need for a drain tube heater (but everything appears to work with the condenser area exposed) and last may even be the thermostat. Any solutions are welcomed.


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Use wire ties or garbage bag twist ties to secure it to the hot line running next to it from the compressor.

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You need a drain tube is like a chain fence tie made from alluminum,you can actually use the fence ties,wrap one side around defrost heater and stick the other side in drain.that will prevent it from happening again

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  • mike cooksey Mar 07, 2009

    i do not know part #,but i use chain link ties.make sure it is can get a bag of them at most hardware stores for around $3.00 or so for 30.but they work great.very easy to install.take back cover off in freezer and you heater will be at bottom wrap one side to heater and stick the other end in drain.good luck


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