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GE frige no defrost

I'm an appliance technician in Wy, but can't seem to find out why a GE fridge keeps frosting up. The heater and limit are good, so I replaced the control board. It frosted up again, so I checked continuity at the control board through the defrost circuit to eliminate wiring issues. I had continuity, so I thought maybe I got a bad board and replaced it again. She just called back and said it's frosting up again. Any ideas??

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  • Austin DeBock Jul 22, 2008

    I've used a patch cord to bypass the board, the heater comes on until the limit opens. This proves the heater, the limit, and all the wiring back to the board are good. I went ahead and replaced the board again and now it's frosting up again. I've put in a total of 3 boards, and a new heater for good measure, now and have not resolved the problem, but I don't know why the boards are not going into defrost. From what I understand they count compressor run time and door openings and previous defrost time to determine when to defrost. I don't understand how everything can work except the defrost cycle.

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I just fixed the same problem. Here is the solution. It is 2 parts:

First, the doors on these models are defective. They are not insulated so cool air escapes, causing freezer to keep running thus burning out defrost element.

Replace defrost element. Then, drill holes, on the inside of each door, starting at the top and then every 1 foot down, in the center of the door. Buy 2 cans of the spray insulating foarm from your local home depot. Fill inside of door to insulate them. Wipe away any over fill.

This will make it like new again. GE really botch this one up. There was a class action suit for new doors 2 years ago. I missed it and so did your customer.

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I guess the first thing i would check is to make sure the control board is getting a proper ground. next i would manually put it in defrost (while it is still frosted) and make sure the heater is glowing red hot. other than that i would have to suspect another bad board? let me know how it turns out

Posted on Jul 02, 2008

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    Mike Durland Jul 22, 2008

    i have rewired the adaptive control board for a regular fsp defrost timer for a customer before. this might be the best option in this case.

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