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I have read the post of aasc Thanks for your post, which is pretty much the most detailed one I can find on web... I, too, have the same model of GE frige (gss22wgpdww), I have the same problem that freezer does not defrost. I replaced the heat element, but it still does not work. After I read your suggestion, I tred to jump the blue wire with the third wire(s) as instructed (bypassing the circuit board), On the circuit board, the connector connecting to the blue wire is marked as "defrost", and the third wire is marked as "line". Once I pluged in the power, it burned out the new heat element right away. I put in a second one, it burned out, again. I was hoping that by jumping the blue wire, it will light up the heat element, so this will indicate that the thermistor is a problem. Any uggestion is appreciated. thanks.

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  • jking206 Aug 25, 2010

    It is Frige, not a microwave.....


  • jking206 Aug 25, 2010

    thanks for your reply.

    I did get a dual heat element kit from sears. But since it requires spicing, and the heat element are the same as the old one (G7102), I decided avoiding any spicing and just replaced the old one with a new one...

    Is that possible even both old heat element and new heat element are labeled as G7102, but they have different resistance?

    could the burning out heat element mean that I have a faulty ground? There is a green grond wire clip on the board that covers the coil. The board is screwed on the frame of the coil. To make things more accessible before the problem is solved, I did not put that board back. And I clipped that green ground wire directly onto the coil frame.... But I really do not see this could be a problem, since the board was screwed onto the coil frame as well.....





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Could find very little info on this site but did see that the defrost element is now a dual element. I believe it comes in a kit and you have to splice it in. They run two elements so it supposedly last longer. You may want to give the parts side of this site a call.

The heater should be able to take 120 volts for a lot longer than what you described so I am at a loss as to what would cause it to blow so quickly. There was nothing touching the glass so perhaps a fault, direct from the factory.

The glass type heaters are **** and always will be so instead of replacing it with a decent ceramic type GE in their wisdom put in two of them. Oh well I guess that it is better than nothing.
You have to use both heaters and follow the instructions in the kit, That's your problem. By removing one of the heaters, you are changing the resistance value and burning out the heater, so you need to order the heater again, and install correctly
Hope helps.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

  • ZJ Limited
    ZJ Limited Aug 25, 2010

    If you have one new device and all the connections are good, then may any grund there or the mainboard keep any internal fault.



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