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GE Refrigerator forms and Ice dam which stops the evaporator fan from turning.

I have a GE bottom mount refrigerator which keeps forming ice in the drain pipe. The ice freezes the evaporator fan blades and keeps it from turning. I have replaced the fan motor once already thinking that the motor had just blown out only to find out that the water doesn't drain after the defrost cycle. The pipe is clear. I suspect that the defrost cycle is not running long enough.

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    sce 170 - water just runs over the curtain, if you hit the manula harvest the evaporator works but no ice is formed

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    how do you replace the evaporator fan motor

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Is it defrosting theres a glass tube which is the defroster bar,there known to have these fail

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

  • derek martin Jul 09, 2008

    sorry I answer so manty of these a day on fixya that I sometimes miss something ,so the fridge is defrosting,and the drain plug is clear ,then its the bi-metal switch,or some call it defrosting switch its about 1 inch thick about the size of a quarter and its clamped on the cooling coils in the freezer,it will have 2 wires coming out of it usally pink and brown,just unclip and replace it cost about 12 dollars,if you still have problems youl have to replace the defrost timer which is about 60 dollars but I would try the bi-metal its a common problem

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