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Refrigerator not cooling, freezer is working.

Frost is forming on the back wall of the freezer. Tried removing icemaker so I could pull back panel off to see but could not get the line disconnected. Also, could not move the shelf. Was able to open the back enough to see ice formed all over. Melted ice with hair dryer and then plugged everything back in. Refridgerator is still not cooling properly.
It is a GE Model TBX18SA it is 15 years old.

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  • milten1
    milten1 May 11, 2010

    more than likely you have a bad fan here

    turn the unit off for 24-48 hours let defrost and see if you can here the fan working

  • bparmer May 11, 2010

    I don not have a side by side. I have an older model GE with freezer on top. It is doing the same thing as this other persons is doing.

  • Johnny
    Johnny May 11, 2010

    defrost problem

    i would obtain the wiring diagram...

    find the defrost timer or control board

    at the board jump the line to the heater (mine was j11 to j8) that should start to defrost

    if not could be heater or defrost thermostat stuck open



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