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My refrigerator stuck on defrost until I turned it off. After turning it back on it is working good. What caused this? It is a GE side bye side

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Good day,
That's too long a period, for a normal. defrost system failure.
You'll have to wait until it quits, then remove the rear panel and look for ice (not frost) building up somewhere in the freezer compartment.
I have solved similar problems on this model, by replacing the defrost thermostat with a GE 60 degree thermostat, and a WR9X330 GE 6 hour defrost timer to get this model to defrost completely.

It's also possible that the refrigerant charge is slightly low, causing the defrost thermostat not to reach a cold enough temperature to perform a good defrost cycle. (building ice over a long period of time).

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There are 3 things to look for on the TFH22PRSAAA refrigerator when this happens. First we need to have a look inside the rear of the freezer and see is there is frost build up on the rear back panel that covers the evaporator. If yes you the next thing to do is look inside the fresh food compartment for the defrost timer located behind the control panel as shown in the photo below. I want you to turn the defrost timer clockwise until the compressor motor and fans stop. The refrigerator should be in the defrost mode now. Open the freezer door and listen for crackling and sizzling cause by the defrost heater being on. If there is no sounds or changes the you need to let me know. The timer should turn the refrigerator back on after 25 minutes. If not simply turn the timer again slowly clockwise until the compressor restarts. If you need to do this you will need to replace the defrost timer because the timer is no longer running as a timer and has become defective. I am going to stop here because I don't want you to think this is too hard to do It's easy to do these test and I will be here to assist you. Let me know when you are ready or if you fell you have it under control please rate my solution when were finished the repair, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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