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Hi there. My GE GSL25JFPD side by side has major issues. The evaporator has completely frozen over. We called a technician twice. The first time he replaced the main electrical board. This fix lasted about 2 months before we had the same problem again. The tech came out again and tested various parts..All came back with normal readings so he replaced the main board again. Now, only 1 week later, we have the same frozen evaporator coils. I removed the panel, used a hair dryer to defrost to at least buy us a couple of days while I wait for your expert opinion. :) Thanks for your help!

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Pull the refrig out and remove the 8 " x 10 " panel . Behind this panel , is the main control board .. Unplug the refrig . Remove the BLUE plug from the board , with 3 larger wires going to it . Looking at the blue plug , the sequence will be wire1,wire2,space,wire3 . Get a short piece of insulated wire , and strip about 1/4 inch from each end . Insert 1 end into wire2 , and the other into wire3 . Plug the refrig back in . After about 3 min , look in the freezer , at the bottom , behind the crisper , look for a red glow . If no red glow , unplug the refrig , and reassemble the plug and cover . This no glow , indicates a shorted defrost heater WR51X10055 . It is also advisable to replace the defrost thermostat ( pt. number WR50X10068 ) when replacing the heater . To access these parts , you will have to remove the inside rear wall of the freezer . The heater , is at the bottom of the coils , held on with 2 screws , and the thermostat , is the 1 " cylinder , with a blue and pink wire going to it , clipped on the top left of the coils .
If you do get a red glow , then the # 4 thermistor is bad . This tells the main control board , the temp of the coils , if they need defrosted , when they are thru defrosting . This thermistor is the 1 " long , torpedo looking piece , clipped on the top left of the coils , with 2 white wires going to it . Part number WR55X10025 . It would be advisable to also replace the # 5 thermistor , located at the bottom of the freezer , slightly in front of the drain , also with 2 white wires going to it , slid into a housing . This thermistor , is the freezer thermistor , which tells the control board , the freezer temp , when to cycle off , associated with the fan speed also .

Posted on Nov 20, 2009

  • James Macomber Dec 03, 2012

    Did test and heater came on. But evaporator thermistor (#4) seems okay - reads 15.5k ohms after being in ice. ??

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith Dec 03, 2012

    Replace the #4 and #5 thermistors . They have been known to have variance in the ohms at different temps .

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