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Chronic defrost problem: GE GSS25VGMB I have had a legacy of issues w/ the defrost circuit of my GE side-by-side. I got GE service the first and second time I had this problem: 1st time: Broken defrost heater element. 2nd time: Bad motherboard. (2 yrs later) For the sake of anyone reading w/ a problem, here are the symptoms depending on how long the problem has existed: Warm fridgeside top, frozen veggies bottom, possible frozen water tank causing no water to dispenser, technically warm but still frozen freezer, and best indicator: frost on back inside panel of freezer. The unit has gone on to consume 5 more motherboards, with each one lasting less time than the previous, the latest lasting 6 weeks. I have a warranty on the MB so this is not an on-going cost, but it is a major annoyance. There must be something else causing the issue. The heater measures at 22ohm. Not sure what else in the circuit I could change out w/ the MB this time. If I jumper the board, it will light the heater. Sick of defrosting manually..... Thanks

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  • lloyds4 Jun 03, 2010

    Turns out that the evap thermistor thinks its 100 deg in the freezer. So it shuts down the defrost cycle before it even starts. The variable times between problems must be related to humidity levels in the air and how long it takes the coils to freeze over.
    Time to get a new thermistor and move on....


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This model does not have a defrost timer. It has a motherboard. You must jump out the plug to the main board to test the defrost circuit. In order to do this take the cover off of the main board, find the three wire connector on the base of the main board, connecter is normally blue in color. On the board itself it will identify termials as line, defrost, and compressor. To test you must create a jumper wire.Install the jumper in the plug terminals identified as line and defrost.This will turn the defrost heater on. If the heater does not come on, look for a defective heater or a defrost thermostat(mounted on the top of the evaporator). If the heater does come on replace the thermister(located on top of evap, white in color and has two white wires part#WR55x10025)

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i had a similar problem, i found that the small mast on the motor turning the fan was just spinning and the fan was spinning just a little bit because it sits on there. I took the plastic fan off and put tape around the mast of the fan motor and placed the fan back on so it sat on there tightly. The fan blew cold air again because it was able to **** up the cold from the coils again, compared to when it was very loose.

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Hi, With the information you supplied i'm going to assume there is an ice build up at the rear of the freezer. Your problem is going to be with your defrost system. I will also assume you have the ability to repair this yourself. This is going to be one of three problems with your refridgerator, 1st thing to do is remove shelfs and panel in the back of the freezer...you should see ice build up on the evaporator...don't worry get a hair dryer and melt the ice. Next locate the wires for the heater...using a multi meter test the heater for condinuity...if the heater is bad replace it, If the heater is good replace the defrost thermostat..the stat normally is a barrel looking part clipped onto the evaporator pipe. The last possible problem could be the evaporator fan, have you heard the fan running in the past few hours?..if you are not sure pull the panel out to where you can see fan and watch it over an hour to see if it turns. I have included links with pictures of what the parts you need to check are: http://romulusappliance.com/manufacturers/maytag/refrigerators/575432.JPG defrost stat http://www.hotekalliance.com/UploadFiles/2008627111553382.jpg heaters http://www.applianceblog.com/archives/EvapMotor1018185.jpg evap fan. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to comment again. If you decide to get a repair guy in should not cost you any more then $120 - $200 depending on make/model/problem Good luck! P.s Please don't forget to rate my solution Thanks! and thanks for using Fixya. Mike

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