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Our side by side refrigerator's ice maker produces very little ice and the ice melts in the reservoir and drip down where it turns into huge clumps of ice. The temperature in the main part of the freezer is zero, but something is heating the icemaker area.

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  • Jim Barr Sep 22, 2010

    We took everything out of the freezer when it appeared not to be working at all. Later, we looked in and the temperature seemed right. The ice maker was making ice and we did not have the huge icecicles that we had before. Do you think that the refrigerator could have solved its own problem or do you think we will have a recurrence?

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The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the electronic adaptive defrost control will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

Now your defrost thermostat is bad it won't turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It's probe sensor is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp..

All above mention parts timer, thermostat in your fridge and all new modern fridges are all included in the so called Main board controller and from the number of issues we have from GE fridges like yours they have replace the Main Board controller and problem solved

However to replace such an electronic board need some experience since is a rather delicate job.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010

  • espressonist
    espressonist Sep 22, 2010

    The defrost thermostat is consist of a temperature probe and a a relay on Electonic control.

    Your problem were that the relays contact stuck for more time and now they open and close normal again. There are more 80% that this will happent again since it is an electrical part you never now for sure.

    However there is also the other 20% that the insident was just for once.

    If it will happent again this will be in the next two weeks for sure. If it does not the freezer will be ok for a long time.

    So just take care not put a lot of stuff in the freezer for the next two weeks which will be atest period.

  • espressonist
    espressonist Sep 22, 2010

    One more thing. You can use a small bowl with ice cream in the freezer during this two weeks since you can very easily recognise if the ice cream have been melt and freeze again by its appearance.

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