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My GE fridge is not defrosting the coils in the back. What's up?

My GE side by side refrigerator is keeping my food and freezer cold, but the coils in back are frosting up and not defrosting. I just replaced the heater defrost dual coils. It is still not defrosting. Do I need to replace the thermostat now?

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  • nieti_es_mi_ Jun 16, 2009

    I appreciate you trying to help, but I already know it could be: the defrost timer, or thermostat, or terminator, or heater defrosting unit. I just don't know where to go from here. I just replaced the dual heater defrost coils, so I know it isn't the heater thingys. How do I test my thermostat to see if it is working or not? Is there a particular test gauge to use to do that? I am just going down my list and troubleshooting the problem.

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If u have frost build up in the freezer it will affect the temperature
and it needs to defrost
problems could be
defrost timer.
thermostat.
terminator.
heater s.
unit problems (unlikely) if even frost coating.

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Freezer side gets cold and have a build up of ice on coils, refrig side will not stay cold

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