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Evaporator coils frosting up

I have a GSH22KGPBB model GE side by side. Twice both the fridge and freezer compartments started warming up. I could hear the fan running, but the air blowing out was not very cold. The ice in the ice maker was melting. There was a buildup of frost on the back of the freezer compartment

I emptied the fridge (fortunately it's winter so I moved the food to the garage), unplugged it and let it sit for several hours. Water drained from behind the back panel of the ice compartment as the frost melted. I know now that I could of used a hair dryer to speed up the defrosting process.

After the first instance the fridge worked fine, for about two weeks, before the problem recurred.

I understand that there are several possible causes. I'm just wondering if this is a common problem with this model of fridge and whether any one cause is more likely to be the culprit.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice you can provide.

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  • brailk Feb 08, 2008

    Thanks for your response drcool. I will check the suggestions that you listed. I removed the panel at the back of the freezer yesterday, and found the coils encased in frost and ice. (Previously I defrosted by opening and emptying the freezer and fridge and letting it sit. But I probably didn't allow it to sit long enough to properly defrost everything). I thoroughly removed the ice and frost with a hairdryer and of course the fridge/freezer are cooling perfectly.

    I am going to see how long it takes for frost to build up and see if there is any water draining. And then I will troubleshoot the possible causes based on what you listed above.

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    frige is not defrosting ,it freezes up every 2 weeks

  • pondfish Aug 22, 2008

    Coils freeze every couple of weeks. Does this have anything to do with The temp settings in both the refrig and freezer sections? Have deforsted with hairdryer.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have checked my heater coil and it has resistance. My defrost thermodisc has continuity. I have a control module rather than a electro/mechanical timer for defrost. Is it my control module?

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    Evaporator coild freezes up freezer still cold refrigerator doesnt cool as well have to defrost about every two week

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The frosting of the back compartment of the freezer indicates that the ice builds up at the evaporator ( the coil that cools). the system is supposed to melt the ice after a particular time interval for a period of time in order to start another cycle. im not sure if that model uses the electronic timer which you can not manually adjust to see if it is heating up on the heating mode. you would have to check three things. one is the defrost heater itself if it has continuity. another is the thing that we called thermodisc . its a part of the heating circuit where it cuts the heating current after it senses that the temperature of the evaporator is way up the thaw temperature. it is normally connected in series with the defrost heater and it is attached to the latter part of the evaporator tube. lastly which as i have told you is the timer. if its a mechanical timer, then probably it is not going to the heating mode. another is the electronic timer which is very hard to trouble shoot. you have to really observe the refrigerator how long it is running and if the compressor is stopping and the heater working by looking at the back if water is draining after a few minutes the compressor stop. as i may add, as you have said it is winter there, a thermostat setting could be an issue. the heater could probably not cope up with the coldness of the ambient temperature in which i may suggest to put the thermostat setting to the lowest setting on the knob. i hoped i was able to help....drcool

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