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I own a GE Refrigerator model#GBS18HBRAWW Bottom

I own a GE Refrigerator model#GBS18HBRAWW Bottom Freezer. It is 5 years old. The first time it broke the repairman said to unplug it for 24 hours. I did. The 2 weeks later it froze up again. The GE repairman came and told me I didn't leave it unplugged long enough. I left it unplugged for 5 days. 2 weeks later when it froze up again, i called GE and they were going to send out a repairman (they were going to charge me again for a service call), I told them I had done some research on the internet and apparently there is a problem with the defrost thermometer. So, I asked the repairman what the # of the thermometer was, he told me and I ordered it myself and had an electrician install it. Once again, the refrigerator froze up and now sits in my kitchen not working. Any suggestions?

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You are dealing with a reasonably technical problem that requires proper expertise.(testing equiptment). S.A frica fridges are a little different to yours but in effect all the same manner of function. Right, if this icing up continues, yes there is a defrost issue. Firstly with the unit totally defrosted, and unplugged, remove freezer panel untill you get to the "evaporator." ( question is"do you have a fully electronic fridge with a digital display, or a defrost timer type fridge.)Im taking it to be a mechanical timer type.) With panel off, look on the righ hand side of the evaporator. There will be 3 important components that are imperrative to the defrost. One) Is the defrost element faulty or not?Should read about 1.6 K.Ohms. a soft heat. If so good. Two)There will be a round component attatched to the evaporator.and has 2 wires comming out of it.(normally Red or Brown).It is called a clixon. Replace it. Next three) you will see a thin plastic tube usually attached to the evaporator by small cable straps. This is called a thermal fuse. Replace it. Normally this thermal fuse will open circuit if the clixon goes faulty. Once replaced, system will definately work correctly again.
If electronic type, let me know so i can direct you through that one.

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If you mean the freezer froze up and you replaced the defrost thermostat in the freezer,then you need to check the continuity of the defrost heater assembly located on or under the evaporator coil for continuity(completed circuit) with at least one of the leads to it disconnected,if this shows good,then you need a new defrost timer,be it an adaptive or timer type,last but not least it could be a bad connection and this circuit could be losing power and needs to be checked,but this is very rare

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