Question about GE Refrigerators
What is probally happening is that ice is building up on the evaporator coil in the freezer blocking air from circulating from the evaporator coil to the the refrigerator compartment. The defrost circuit is supposed to stop the compressor for about 30 minutes and allow power to go to the defrost heater via the defrost thermostat to melt any frost build up on the evaporator coil.
There could be three parts that could fail that would cause the defrost to stop working, the defrost timer/module, the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat.
The defrost circuit is controlled either by a mechanical timer or an electronic module. I think your model uses a module. It switches power from the compressor to the heater. It could be located either at the front bottom of the refrigerator or in the back of the machine. The heater and thermostat is attached to the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is located at the back wall of the freezer behind the plastic panels.
I don't know if you are able to service the refrigerator yourself, if not, then call a service company and ask them to check the defrost circuit. If you are technical, then below should guide you to figuring out the problem.
To check to see if the problem is with the heater and thermostat, you will need an electrical meter. To check you will need to unplug the refrigerator, empty out the freezer and remove the panels to expose the evaporator coil. Then using a hair drier melt the ice off the coil. While you are doing this, the drip pan on the bottom of the refrig will need to be emptied periodically if you don't want water to pool beneath you. After the ice has melted, check the continuity of the heater with the meter in the ohms scale, if it is any more than a few ohms, then the problem is with the heater.
Hope this helps you.
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