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Freezer is not freezing and is building up ice in the back

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Older GE fridges are notorious for the "Defrost Heater" failing. The fix is to empty the fridge, "manually defrost it" (just leave the freezer door open and aim a fan into the freezer box), and replace the Defrost Heater.

(The "new style" Defrost Heater is well improved, and should last near forever)

After you have Googled around a bit with your Model number to locate and purchase the proper Defrost Heater ($50), Unplug the fridge, PUT TOWELS ON THE FLOOR, and try to sop up as much of the thawing ice water before it even gets out of the freezer box. Also, you will notice a small "sink" with a drain in the back / bottom of the freezer box. Keep a dry towel there, and you will have little or no water leak out onto the floor.

You will want to prop the door open and run the fan for an entire day, if not 24 hours. The block of ice that formed on the cooling coils because the heater failed is usually quite substantial, and takes forever to completely melt. It is essential to melt it completely away, or airflow over the coils will stay blocked and the fridge will just never really work properly, new heater or not.

When it is nice and dry, remove the shelves, plastic lamp covers, etc., and then unscrew and remove the sheet metal covering the lower half of the freezer (maybe 4 or 6 sheet-metal screws). At the bottom of the freezer box, you will see the heater, located under the cooling coils. The electrical connectors will pull right off, and a single sheet-metal screw hold the unit in.

Pull the old heater out, put the new one in, slip the electrical connectors back on, replace the sheet-metal panel (back "wall" of the freezer), replace the screws, bulbs, plastics and shelved, and your good to go!

Do it all yourself (Yes, you can!) and save $200 to $300. Fix(d)Ya!

Posted on Jan 31, 2014

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SOURCE: water dripping from freezer onto top shelf of fridge with ice buildup back of freezer

Hi, I can help you. The drain is plugged in the freezer section. Could I get the model #?
Some models need an after market drain heat strip added.
Please let me know and I can get you through tis.

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Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore elite - Water dripping from freezer to refrigerator

Your refrigerator has a defrost drain blockage behind the evaporator in your your freezer compartment. Some models like yours have leak in the turns as the water leaves the freezer. I recommend that you unplug and remove the cover to the evaporator and check the defrost condensate tray below the evaporator. A wet vacuum cleaner and poring a solution with clorox in the drain will help you clean locate the leak and where the blockage may be downline.. I do have the manual on yours and can help you solve this. Some times this is a factory defect and I can help you solve the freezing drain problem. Let me know, Sea Breeze

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Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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SOURCE: GE side by side leaks water from icemaker tube

Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help.
Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

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