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Freezer defrosting arbitrarily

Freezer defrosting arbitraril. It will just start to defrost everything in the freezer. Then when i remove all the food , it will work again, and then it repeats this after a short time. It seems to have this problem when the ice cube tray gets full or hasn't been used for a while . This is a GE side by Side lsss25xg

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Because your refrigerator is doing these erratic things I need you or someone to check a few things. I need you to pull the refrigerator away from the wall and remove the panel that covers the compressor. I want you to feel the compressor and see if it's too hot to the touch. I need you to make sure the fan is running all the time at the compressor below and inside.Make sure the area below is also free of dust.These test will help me to determine what is going on with your refrigerator. And then get back with me and tell me what you find. Thanks, Sea Breeze

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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    John Tripp Jul 27, 2009

    Your refrigerator has a defrost timer located in the fresh food section behind the control panel. I want you to locate a hole most times covered by a plastic plug. Remove the plug and slowly turn the timer with a flathead screwdriver until you hear the compressor stop. This puts the refrigerator into defrost cycle. Leave like this for about 25 minutes and the refrigerator should restart on its own. During this time open the freezer door and listen for crackling or sizzling. This is the defrost melting the ice and dripping onto the defrost element. Below is a photo of the timer location. And a link to a replacement defrost timer.


    Here is a link to the defrost timer=>

    215846602 Defrost Timer



    If it's not the timer it will be the defrost heater and defrost thermostat. I want you try the timer first and get back with me, Thanks, Sea Breeze

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp Jul 27, 2009

    Here is a link to mu Web Site=> http://servicepartstec.blogspot.com/

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly
Without your model number here is what most likely has happened:
The automatic defrosting system is not working due to a component failure.

The components of the automatic defrost system are:
1. Defrost control
2. Defrost heater
3. Defrost thermostat.
4. Wiring to inter-connect 1 - 3 above.

What your currently doing is a manual defrost cycle every 3 weeks because ice blocks the air-flow across the evaporator in the freezer compartment so everything starts warming up in the fresh food section first and finally the freezer as the ice block gets larger.

FYI you can unplug it... remove the contents from the freezer...use an external directed into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours to do the same process your doing in 24 hours. Until the automatic defrost system is repaired you should do a manual defrost at least every 4 days.
Most units are on an automatic defrost cycle of 6 - 8 hours (usually) all the way up to 10.35 hours per cycle. Yours just is not working at all.

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Or If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too. check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

How to check everything
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php

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You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

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