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I have a GE GTH22KBRARWW refrigerator/freezer. The freezer has stopped working. I have pulled the back panel off of the freezer, and the chilling unit is free of frost. The condensate drain is completely clear. The fan works fine, but the cooler unit just doesn't seem to get cold. All of our frozen goods are defrosted. The unit does not have an ice maker. I've been given some tips to check the defrost timer and the thermostat, but I need advice on how to find these and test them. Can enyone help?

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  • john_carr118 Sep 12, 2009

    Where's is this thermostat mounted? The controls for the settings are in the fridge compartment, but that daial is attached to a small circuit board. I assume that the thermostat must be somewhere in the freezer compartment, but any hints on its location would be appreciated.

    Here's a bit of good news though. I live on an island, but my wife is in town and has managed to find the part at a local supplier, so I should be able to install it later this afternoon.

  • john_carr118 Sep 12, 2009

    I think I can see the thermostat. Is it on the right side, clipped to the back of the cooling line? It looks like it accessible only from the back of the unit. There's an access panel there. Is that the right thing?

  • john_carr118 Sep 12, 2009

    Yes, that's what I've got. Any tips on where it's mounted? I see something that may look like that, but it's mounted on the back side of coolant line in the freezer compartment. It looks like it will be pretty hard to get to without unscrewing the coil from the back of the unit, and I'm reluctant to do that for fear of breaking a seal in the lines.

    John C.

  • john_carr118 Sep 12, 2009

    The fans are running, and the compressor seems to be running some of the time (it's hard to tell without pulling the whole fridge out from the wall), but it's not cooling down. Does that still sound like the thermostat?

    John C.



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Most likely it isn't the defrost timer since you have no frost buildup. I think you are looking at a bad thermostat. The thermostat is the dial that you can set the freezer temperature with. Basically if you set it to it's coldest setting and it doesn't get cold, then it is the easiest thing to replace right away and is the usual cause of failure.

You can order a new one from

It will be the third part down on that page and is returnable within 30 days along with any other parts you may order now or in the future.

The part is relatively simple to replace for any home handyman. Let me know how this works out.


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    Benjamin Patri Sep 12, 2009

    If the part you found looks like the one on this website link then you have the right part

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    Benjamin Patri Sep 12, 2009

    Yeah, that should be it since it will be located at the back, The coils are pretty durable and you shouldn't damage them if you unscrew them from the back, the thermostat is held on with a clip and so will just pull out.

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Sep 12, 2009

    yeah, still could be it since these will wear out and cause it to cool just not as much as it should and if it turns out to not be the problem for some reason, then you only bought the cheapest part to replace.



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