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How to trouble shoot defroster themostat and element

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  • ronniegill67 Jun 15, 2009

    This Ge Model has a really simple defrost circit made up of a positve line a can thermostat on the coil and an element. I just tried replacing the thermostat, we will see if that works.



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The defroster is on a timer usually locater in the roof of the refrigerator. Turn it until it shuts the compressor down. Use your thumbnail. It should start up again on it's own. If you're having frost problems, look for mouse damage in the back of the unit, where the pipes come through.

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