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GE GSL22JFPH BS refrigerator, coils icing up

I have a GE side by side refrigerator, model # GSL22JFPH BS. The freezer evaporator coils are icing over causing the freezer and refrigerator to get warm. I have removed the inside back panel of the freezer to manually defrost the coils. The freezer will then work for 1 week before freezing over again. Can you give me assistance with this so I can fix it on my own. I do not know how to locate the defrost heater or what to look for on it to know if it is not working, or where the defrost timer is and how to see if that is working. I am a do it yourselfer mom that wants to fix this thing herself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • jdeez Jul 22, 2008

    Same problem.
    Totally iced up evap coils once a week.
    Is there a manual engage switch for the defrost cycle?
    Seems like there should be...
    At any rate, it would be nice to know how to check the defrost heater, thermostat, etc. for normal operation before I bought the parts. Any advice?
    (or desire to sell your un-needed defrost heater?)


  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    The refrigerator stopped working but the freezer worked. I've cleaned the back coils and under the refrigerator

  • brokenwre700 Jun 30, 2014

    the defroster unit is bad . or the sensor or both. the early model has a single heating element the upgrade repair part has 2. the sensor switch is on top of the coil and snaps on i got 2 of these given to me that had these problems the repair parts from sears parts were under $50 each the sensor is about $15 and the defrost heater is about $35

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I'm in the process of fixing the same problem on a GSS22JEPDWW right now. There are several parts in the defrost circuit that I can tell:
1) Defrost Heater
2) DefrostThermostat
3) Temp Sensor (Thermistor)
4) Main Control Board
I've replaced the Defrost Heater (remove back panel of freezer section - it's a stainless steel bracket that has a glass bulb in it) and it still doesn't work. The main control card provides power to the heater 4 times every 24 hrs for 25 minutes or so to defrost the evaporator coils. If all items are working, you'll see water in the drip catch at the bottom inside of the freezer compartment. Better yet, pull the refer away from the wall for 24 hrs and check if water is gathering below the plastic drain on the right rear of the refer in the pan. The water drips into a pan and the fan for the condensor coil evaporates it. Go to the www.ge.com website and look in the service section to find the parts diagram for your refer. You can then get a part number to buy the parts you need from a local parts store or the Internet.
I just bought the thermostat a few minutes ago and will try that next. Heater was $37, thermostat was $15. Sensor is about $20 and the control card is $140 (you can find on line for $95). I'm going down that path. If none of this works, it'll be in the dump in a week.
I've learned on-line GE refers are bad news. The control cards can fail repeartedly, althoough mine has worked for over 4 years. But, I won't ever buy another one since refers should last at least 15 years in my book. After $200, it doesn't pay to throw more good money after bad. I'll keep you posted on my results.
TM

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