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I have a GE side by side refrigerator that keeps blowing the defrost heater element. MODEL # TFT22JWDA WW SERIAL # TZ264141 I bought it from a GE dealer about 5-6 years ago. It ran fine for 3 years, then the wall iced up and it quit cooling. I contacted the dealer who recommended a repairman. He diagnosed that the defrost heater element was bad and replaced it. It ran about a year, then the element blew again. That was two weeks ago. We replaced the element again today and it blew immediately. The technician says the voltage is OK. He says we need to replace the heater element with a metal heater, or just replace the refrigerator. It seem ridiculous to replace a 5 year old refrigerator just becaue the defrost heater element keeps blowing.

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In my GE side-by-side there is a defrost temp sensor located near the top of the evaporator coil. I think the control board uses that temp sensor to know when it should be done defrosting.

On the schematic of my fridge (link below), the defrost thermistor is part number 240 in the diagram (not part number 241, which is a different temp sensor located adjacent to the one you want)

http://www.partselect.com/ModelFrames.aspx?ModelID=361233&ModelNum=GSS20IEMDWW&mfgModelNum=&ManufactureID=2&Selected=00113321i06&Position=2&mfg=GE&Type=&Mark=2

I don't know why the defrost element would fail immediately other than incorrect supply voltage or just a bad defrost element.

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