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Frost building up inside freezer.

Hi,I have a side by side freeze that is building ice (FROST) INSIDE.I REPlaced THE HEATER ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO IT STILL BUILDING FROST.THE THERMOTAT IS OK AND THE HEATER IS ok.THE MODEL NUMBER IS GSS23QS.DOES THIS FREEZE HAS A DEFROST TIMER AND IF IT DOES WHERE IT LOCATED?OR CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?thanks.

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    Victor May 11, 2010

    This model has a motherboard not a defrost timer. The board goes for around $185.00.
    If the bi-metal switch and defrost heater are both good, then the other thing to check is the motherboard. You will need a tech to come and hook up to the motherboard with there program and a laptop.
    I hope this helps

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Hi: Make sure your vents are not blocked by too much product in the freezer. When you changed the heater did you take a hair dryer to the back to make sure the initial blockage of frost and ice was removed as that will still block the air flow to the referigator, and cause frost to build? Also if the frost isn't in the back of the freezer but on the food it means there is a bad door seal. Usually the frost will look like snow flakes. The timers are on a circuit board now. And expensive. Ge makes an excellent refrigerator, but the parts are high in price. I hoped this helped. Jeff

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