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I have a GE refrigerator GTS22KC that stopped cooling. The freezer fan seemed to still be working, but both the freezer and the fresh food compartments became warm within a day. (Stuck in defrost?) We had been noticing that the temperature was hard to control over the last few months. Stuff would either be too warm or would freeze in the fresh food section. The freezer seemed fine, but began to warm up yesterday.

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SOURCE: refrigerator freezes fresh food section and always runs

Please read it appears that there are two defrost timers for your refrigerator one for the freezer one for the refrigerator

http://www.partselect.com/PartDetail.aspx?Inventory=310858&SourceCode=4#RepairStory

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SOURCE: Fresh food compartment not cooling. Freezer seems to be working

Evaporator coils iced up- either bad bi-metal thermostat,heater or board.Check resistance on thermostat/heating element.If reading resistance try and jump board into defrost mode by jumper wire from l-1 to defrost lead.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009

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