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My GE Fridge is icing up in the freezer. I had a GE tech come in and he glanced at it briefly and said it was the defrost heater. I looked online and learned that it could be either the defrost heater, the defrost timer, or the defrost thermostat. How do I know for certain it is the heater, and then how do I replace it if this is the case? I see no online directions on the defrost heater and looks like I could buy one for about $60.

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If you can get to the terminals of the heater, check the resistance with the ohmmeter setting of a multi-tester. You should get a reading of perhaps 10-15 (?) ohms if the heater is good. Or remove the heater and connect it to a 110 voltage source directly and see if it heats up. Be careful!

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