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Not Defrosting Discharge is connected to evaporator.Hence ice formation is there. Compressor is not cutting Off. Temp is not reaching to -20deg C.

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Check to see if there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not defrosting as it should.

  • possible causes:
  1. bad defrost timer
  2. bad defrost heater (in freezer)
  3. bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above items. 

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It is my experience from what get from your description, it is one of two things. Low air flow in evaporator and/or low charge.
Low air flow can be caused by a few things. Things to check
1. evaporator fan is working
2. good air flow into and out of evaporator vents
3. Shelves are not over stuffed with product. Air has to circulate in order to freeze items properly and same for cooling in the fresh food section.
If these all check satisfactory, The next thing to check is the condenser coils for excessive air blockage and condensing fan working. A dirty condensing coil can cause everything you describe.
If these all check out ok, then and only then would I check the charge. The compressor discharge temperature during normal operation in most homes will have a surface temp aroung 140 degrees or higher. If the compressor discharge (high pressure) is not hot to touch, (careful if overcharged or dirty condenser the discharge pipe can cause burns.) then the unit is undercharged and needs refrigerant added. Also, if refrigerant is low, a leak search needs to be performed to locate potential leaks.
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How does Auto defrost work and how long does it take


Hello there
A Look at the Defrosting System:
Modern refrigeration systems, whether industrial or household, feature a defrost system. A refrigeration system works by developing temperature below the water's freezing point. Long hours of continuous operation may lead to development of a layer of frost or ice around the freezer or the evaporator coil. This hinders the cooling capacity of the evaporator, making it difficult for the cooling effect to pass into the freezer. Without refrigerator defrosting, the layer of frost or ice leads to loss of cooling and lessening of performance coefficient of the refrigerator and higher electricity costs. There are various defrosting methods that your fridge can employ. Take a look at some of these defrosting methods.
Thermostat Defrosting:
Thermostat is a basic component in all modern refrigerators. The device allows you to set the freezer temperature that you want, depending on your requirement. Most often, a refrigerator with thermostat comes with a small plastic tray which can be found below the freezer compartment. This tray is where the excess water from your freezer goes to. The thermostat works by stopping the supply of power that is received by your compressor whenever the temperature that you have set has been reached.
The refrigeration unit stops producing the cooling effect whenever the thermostat stops, which happen several times a day. And during this stage, the frost or ice collected on the freezer starts to melt, with the resulting water collected in the tray. A small tube connects the tray to a small outlet usually located at the bottom back side of your refrigerator. A pan is installed there where the tube brings the water resulting from melted ice after defrosting.

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Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets. The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited. Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system: The defrost timer The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch) The defrost heater If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem

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Started leaking water out the freezer door and ice was melting last nite... bad timing we just got a snow storm here in NC last nite. Seems to be running but food is defrosting. Its a GE Side by Side about...


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Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload relay.
Check to see if the condenser fan at the back underneath near the compressor is running. If no check fan.

Are the condenser coils near there warm or room temp. should be warm


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Is the evaporator fan in the freezer running. It blows cold air into the fridge side through a damper in the wall between the freezer and fridge. Make sure the damper is open.

Below the evaporator fan is the evaporator coils. Remove the back cover in the freezer to observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL) or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR PROBLEM).

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The unit has an automatic defrost system that defrosts the fridge automatically when frost develops or when certain conditions are met.
  1. Defrosting starts when the compressor running time reaches 4 hours after a power outage or after the unit is turned on for the first time.
  2. Defrosting starts each time the compressor running time reaches 7 hours.
  3. Defrosting stops if the sensor temperature reaches 46.4°F(8°C) or more. If the sensor doesn’t reach 46.4°F(8°C) in
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  4. Defrosting will not function if its sensor is defective or wires are cut or short circuited.
If your unit defrosts frequently even when the conditions above are not met, you have a malfunctioning sensor. You may have to ask the help of a qualified technician to disassemble and:
  1. Check the connections of the sensor to the control board.
  2. Inspect the wires for short or cut wire.
  3. Push the reset button on the main board.
  4. Replace the sensor control assembly.

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SOUNDS LIKE ITS NOT DEFROSTING . CHECK TO SEE IF THERE IS ICE ON BACK PANEL OF FREEZER.
THE EVAPORATOR UNDER THAT PANEL IS A RADIATOR, FROST CLOGS RADIATOR , PREVENTING AIR CIRCULATION. THE RADIATOR ITSELF GETS COLDER THAN NORMAL MAKING THE LARGE LINE COMING OUT OF THE BACK COLD AS YOU DESCRIBED,BUT COLD CAN NOT BE TRANSFERED TO FRIDGE SIDE BECAUSE OF THE FROST.

ADVANCE TIMER FIRST UNTIL IT CLICKS.THIS SHOULD TURN COMPRESSOR OFF AND HEATER ON. IF TIMER IS ADVANCING PROPERLY , REFRIGERATOR WILL COME BACK ON WITHIN 30 MIN. IF NOT REPLACE DEFROST TIMER.

HOPE THIS HELPED
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