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Have GE TFX25PRY side-side refrig. Makes ice but the refig and freezer are not cold enough, even on lowest setting. Found ice accumulating along the back inside of freezer and removed. Took back freezer panel off and found ice along evaporator coils from the bottom up to about the last foot of coils. What should I look for? Dudley

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  • dudleywhitne Sep 24, 2009

    I have also heard that the defrost heater may not be functioning. Do you have access to the GE TFX25PRY (or similar model) repair manual to tell me where the timer and thermostat are located? Using a multi-meter, what should be the values across the heater? How do I check the timer and thermostat?

  • dudleywhitne Sep 25, 2009

    Can anyone else offer more details about the location and troubleshooting of the defrost heater and/or thermostat?
    Thanks,
    Dudley

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Look for the evap fan not spinning or spinning slowly. Also check the freezer-to-fridge damper for proper operation.

Also - check for a leak in the coil at the frozen/thawed transition point.

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Start with the easy stuff. Make sure the light turns off when you close the door, make sure the doors are closed properly and there's a good seal. Check to make sure the evap fan is working as this circulates the cold air around. Make sure the compress is running.

The most common issue is usually a frost free failure. Remove the access panel in the freezer to expose the evap coils. If they're frozen, then it will block the circulation.
Other things to check would be the defrost timer and defrost thermostat (varies in location)

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  • super_guy Sep 24, 2009

    I don't have access to a manual sorry.



    When you find it, turn the defrost timer until the fridge turns off (it
    is now in defrost mode), if the defrost heater kicks in shortly after,
    then the timer and thermostat should be changed.

    That's the extent of my experience with fridges. I haven't had actually test the readings for them


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