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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It has a defrost problem. Most likely cause would be the defrost thermostat which clips onto the evaporator behind the back panel in the freezer. Next most common would be the defrost timer. Third would be the defrost heater. Let me know if you want to try to test these parts. If so I will need the entire model # from the sticker in the fridge or on older models on a plate at the bottom front below the door.
Posted on Oct 10, 2007
It's usually the defrost heater on this model. Pull rear panel of freezer and remove the heater, (2 screws). It's at bottom of coils. Take to your parts place and they should be able to ohm out for you to see if it's ok. If it's all blackened, probably heater.
A check you can make is to pull refrigerator out to access back. UNPLUG UNIT!
Remove panel over control board on back of fridge. On the blue connector in bottom of board note the defrost terminal as specified on board. Unplug connector and put a jump wire from this terminal on the CONNECTOR, to the terminal that has the wire going to it with no wire next to it. Plug in refrigerator. If defrost heater is good, it should start glowing red within a few minutes. If it doesn't replace it.
Posted on Nov 14, 2007
Check the ice maker. sometimes they get cracked a will leak water into the freezer compartment. Also check the ice maker fill tube for leaks or someone could have spilled something. Although this is tipical of a clogged drain. What happens is when the fridge go into derfost, it will melt all the frost that is on the evaporator, turning it into water. The water drains down to a trough under the evaporator and down a drain hole in the trough ( this trough is behind the evaporator cover ) Removing the melted frost from the freezer. If that drain is clogged, the water cannot leave the freezer. Then when the fridge starts back up ,it will freez the water that was not drained. After repeated defrosting the water will fill this trough and run off into the bottom of the freezer to be frozzen when the fridge starts to cool again.
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
SOURCE: Ice build up in freezer
Defrost system failure.
Defrost timer, heater, therma disk, any one could be bad.
You could manually defrost and this would get the Ref back to working for a couple of days before it iced up again. Remember there is a lot of ice build up on the cooling coils in the freezer that you can't see so, a little extra time with a hair dryer is needed to do a complete manual defrost.
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
You beat me to an answer for you. the freeze up was most likely in the door. you may want to check with GE if my memory serves me corret there is a servie bulletin for this condition. thanks for using fixya Peyton....
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
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