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Freezer icing up

The freezer keeps icing up, and water trickles out at regular intervals, I defrosted but within 10 days the problem started again, I'm not sure about the model, it's GE profile bottom-freezer that bought in 2001

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Re: freezer icing up

I changed the defrost thermostat and it solved the problem.

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Re: freezer icing up

Need to ask some questions first.  What is the complete model # on the sticker inside the fridge?  Where exactly are you seeing this ice buildup (back panel, door, freezer floor)?  Do you hear the fan running inside the freezer?

Posted on Oct 18, 2007

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We have a GE profile bottom freezer that came with our house. The freezer kept icing up evey month or so, shutting the fridge off. After a repair call, my husband copied the repair man and used a blowdryer to thaw it out. Eventually he put a thin piece of styrofoam cut to fit the bottom of the fridge and wrapped in plastic wrap under the crisper drawers. problem in over a year now!

Posted on Feb 28, 2010

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Re: freezer icing up

I had the same problem. I changed the thermostat twice, no help. I called an official service dude. No help, cost me 250 bucks. Here's what I did:

I insulated the back of the fridge with insulating putty (the black curvy pipe). I jerry rigged a scoopula (from basic chem class, long curved aluminum scooper)) and made a little bridge over the drain area with it. Voila, solved the problem. Service guy couldn't. Interestingly, he wanted to buy the fridge off me. Maybe he did not fix it because he wanted to cheat me out of it. You never know, we must trust our fellow human beings though.

Bottom fridge models ****. The veggie bin is too close to the freezer and ends up freezing anything in there except for beer. Buy a top freezer for all the trouble this model is worth.

Without a fridge, there is no society.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
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