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Inside coils freezing up on GE 22cuft side by side

I have a GE 22cu ft side by side fridge model #GSS22IFPH WW that is about 5yrs old. I've noticed over the past year or so that the inside fan has been ramping up and down, kind of weird sounding at times. I went on vacation for about a week, came home and the fridge was on the blink. I pulled the inside panel on the freezer and the evaporator coils were frozen solid. Thawed out inside coils, cleaned condenser coils and plugged back up and it started working properly! It only lasted about 11 days and it froze up again inside. Thawed back out again and it is working good for now. I pretty much know that there is a problem with it, I just dont know exactly what. I kind of suspect the defrost heater below the evaporator, is this logical? Any suggestions welcome.

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Check the back of the fridge. There should be a metal panel that is covering the motherboard. If you remove the panel you should see the motherboard. To test the defrost system, you can put the unit into defrost mode by using alligator clips and wire to jump across the two terminals like you see in the one picture that I have attached. Doing this will put the unit in defrost mode and will make it easier to troubleshoot the system. While it is in defrost mode, you can check to see if the heaters on the evaporator are getting hot. If they are not getting hot, then you need to use a multimeter to see if voltage is getting to the heaters. If there is not voltage reaching the heaters, then the problem is usually caused by a bad defrost thermostat or a faulty motherboard.
Following are the pics I want you to look at. One shows what the motherboard looks like and the other shows the terminals that you must jump across to put the unit in defrost mode. Sure hope this helped and best wishes.

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Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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