I have a GE side by side Mod# TFX25JRBAWW.
My problem is sometimes when it defrosts it stays on defrost until I play with the temp. control. Sometimes that doesnt work and I will unplug it for 5 or 10 min. and it will start to cool again when I plug it back in.
Someone suggested replacing the defrost timer and another person suggested replacing the temp. control. I was thinking about replacing both. Any suggestions?
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Re: defrost does not stop
Yes the timer stops when the cold control cyles off (satisfied) i have also has plenty of your exact model have faulty cold control cycling off when the fridge is very warm +40) both are relatively inexpensive and you will save a ton off a retail repair.
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Signs of a defrost problem. Inside the fresh food section and behind the light cover you should see a small opening that leads to the defrost timer. Turn timer clockwise slowly until compressor and fans stop running. Leave everything in this position with fan and compressor not running for up to 30 minutes. Defrost should be taking place during this time inside and behind freezer rear wall.
Listen for signs of crackling or hissing coming from freezer. If after 30 minutes the defrost timer does not restart compressor and fans on its own then again slowly turn timer clockwise until they do start. If you need to do this you will need to replace the timer=> WR9X489 Defrost Timer If the timer is not the problem then the next two parts just may be the problem. The=> WR51X443 Defrost Heater Assemblythat comes with a defrost thermostat as a kit. Let me know how you do with the defrost timer, Thanks, Sea Breeze
Hi, The would be a problem with the defrost sticking and staying on too long...change the defrost timer/control board out.... the defrost cycle is making the freezer warm and then it goes off and the freezer refreezes...
most times it fails the other way and does not work at all but sometimes this happens...
That model refrigerator uses the mother control board for deciding when defrost is to take place. It has no defrost timer or Adaptive Defrost Control like other refrigerators. This sounds like *********** board part number WR55X10942 is malfunctioning. The board decides most functions of your refrigerator. Until the board is replace I do not believe the problem will resolve itself. Thanks, Sea Breeze
Remove the rear panel inside the freezer . Defrost the drain tray whr=ere the drain hole is until water will flow down it . Hot water sometimes helps . Use a small hose inserted into the drain and blow out any debris . Get a Solid ALUMINUM wire about 9 inches long (14-16 guage) and put into the hole as far as possible without using force (bend the wire if necessary) and make a hook with the other end ahich you should hook onto the defrost heater . This ALUMINUM wire will keep the drain hole cleared of ice due to the transfer of heat from the glass defrost heater . Do not make the hook too tight for fear of breaking the glass covering on the heater .
More likely, the defrost system has failed.
There are three components: Defrost timer, a defrost heater, and a defrost bi-metal.
The timer can be located either in the food compartment, on the rear of the unit, or behind the kickplate. The heater and bi-metal are located behind the freezer rear wall (or freezer floor, depending on design). It's easiest to unplug the fridge overnight, with the freezer door open, to melt all the ice that has developed. PRIOR to doing all this, please ensure that there IS ice forming on the wall of floor of the freezer! Let me know. I hope this helps!
The defrost timer is what I think you are asking. It is behind a cover near the light, The timer puts the fridge in defrost ever 6 to 8 hours. If the timer is bad it will stop the cycle of defrost and cause the freezer and the cold food section to warm spoiling the food and increase the freezer temp. Try turning the timer screw clockwise until you hear the fridge compressor stop. If after this listen for a crackling noise that will be the sound of defrost taking place. If doing this starts defrost, you will need to replace the timer.