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It is a csx22grzbaa will not run

Put new defrost heater will not run now

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  • legman Jul 11, 2008

    Thanks to drcool nad 22yooper,drcool hit it on the head.Both do not know how much I thank them. Have a great weekend and God bless

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Defrost heater has nothing to do with the running of a refrigerator, only keeping the coil clear of ice buildup. Check the defrost timer. It may have quit working while in the defrost mode. Locate the timer and rotate the clutch head screw a little in a clockwise direction. The unit should start and cool. In this case replace the defrost timer.

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Hi legman,

have you tried waiting for at least 30 mins to see if the compressor would run? if you have a mechanical timer and it is in heating mode, it would take the timer at least 30 mins to go back to cooling mode in order for the compressor to run. if it would still not run, then you can elaborate what you did regarding the heater then i could start from there.
i hope i was able to solver your problem.

tnx, drcool299

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  • francis rivero Jul 12, 2008

    thanxs legman, my pleasure to help you . God bless you too.

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Freezer is not freezing and is building up ice in the back


Older GE fridges are notorious for the "Defrost Heater" failing. The fix is to empty the fridge, "manually defrost it" (just leave the freezer door open and aim a fan into the freezer box), and replace the Defrost Heater.

(The "new style" Defrost Heater is well improved, and should last near forever)

After you have Googled around a bit with your Model number to locate and purchase the proper Defrost Heater ($50), Unplug the fridge, PUT TOWELS ON THE FLOOR, and try to sop up as much of the thawing ice water before it even gets out of the freezer box. Also, you will notice a small "sink" with a drain in the back / bottom of the freezer box. Keep a dry towel there, and you will have little or no water leak out onto the floor.

You will want to prop the door open and run the fan for an entire day, if not 24 hours. The block of ice that formed on the cooling coils because the heater failed is usually quite substantial, and takes forever to completely melt. It is essential to melt it completely away, or airflow over the coils will stay blocked and the fridge will just never really work properly, new heater or not.

When it is nice and dry, remove the shelves, plastic lamp covers, etc., and then unscrew and remove the sheet metal covering the lower half of the freezer (maybe 4 or 6 sheet-metal screws). At the bottom of the freezer box, you will see the heater, located under the cooling coils. The electrical connectors will pull right off, and a single sheet-metal screw hold the unit in.

Pull the old heater out, put the new one in, slip the electrical connectors back on, replace the sheet-metal panel (back "wall" of the freezer), replace the screws, bulbs, plastics and shelved, and your good to go!

Do it all yourself (Yes, you can!) and save $200 to $300. Fix(d)Ya!

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Runs with old defrost timer but not new timer


Where did you get the new timer and what is the part number? It is possible you have a defective defrost timer even if new but the most likely problem is you have a universal timer and have the detachable wires for the clock portion and going to the wrong terminal or a wire is not seating properly over the four tabs for its power source. Your refrigerator uses a WR9X502 Defrost Timer
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The cooling coil in the back of the freezer frosts up and needs to be manually defrosted nearly ever 2 weeks. The timer seems to cycle properly and the compressor cycles properly but the defrost cycle...


The ohms of the defrost heaters vary, but all you really need to do is check it for continuity. If its open, its bad. The defrost thermostat must be closed for defrost to happen,it is in series with the heater the defrost thermostat opens to terminate defrost, then the timer puts the unit back in run mode.
To check the defrost thermostat you have to put in in a freezer for a while then check for continuity . The actual open and close temps are usually stamped right on the defrost thermostat Its considered good practice to replace both the heater and the defrost thermostat while you are in there

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The freezer isn't cool enough and the refrigerator temperature goes up when we put stuffs.


I would first look under the ice box for signs of air restrictions. Clean out the bottom and make sure the fan and compressor is working. Inside the ice box listen to see if the fan is running in there. If that is fine I would look for signs of frost on the back wall of the freezer. If frost is present then ice is on the coils and you have a defrost problem. Their are 2 basic circuits in an ice box. Compressor run AND Defrost run. Compressor run circuit is anywhere from 8 to 12 hours depending on manufacturer. Defrost is 21 minutes. On new fangled electronic ice boxs the brain decides when defrost is needed using inputs from sensors, compressor run time, and how many times the ice box is opened and closed. But the new fangled ice boxs still have a defrost heater and thermostat like any ice box with automatic defrost has. Why do we need a thermostat? The heater is very powerful. It could easily destroy the ice box. It takes only moments to elevate the crawlspace inside the evaporation compartment to 50 degrees F. This keeps any frost that could turn into air flow blocking ice at bay.
Remember the defrost time is 21 minutes. If that heater was left on for 21 minutes it would not be purty. The termination thermostat is recommended to be replaced if it goes bad or whenever the heater is replaced. I say replace all 3 things in the circuit and be done with it. But who these days can afford that? If you suspect a defrost problem just unplug the ice box for a day or 2. If the ice box goes back to performing ok then you can suspect you indeed have a defrost problem.

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The freezer is running all the time and no ice. The freezer is on the bottom and the ice is created in the bottom freezer. We bought the refrig. in 2001.


Hi,
Take off the back panel in the freezer. 1/4" screws. Use a nut driver or ratchet and socket with an extension.
2. Behind the frost is the evaporator and the defrost heaters. One heater in the middle and one at the bottom. They are glass tubes. If you can see the bottom heater that is great. If not use a hair dryer and defrost only the very bottom to expose the lower heater only.
3. Now in the refrigerator section at the top where the controls are, take off the long plastic piece to expose the timer. The timer should be on the right hand side and have a little circle that is slotted. Get a flat screwdriver and turn that timer slowly clockwise just until it clicks and the refrigerator turns off. This will put it into defrost.
4. Now look at that heater that you exposed and see if it glows and gets hot. If it does, then the timer is bad.
5. If the heater doesn't come on then go ahead and defrost the rest of the evaporator with the hair dryer. This will take a little while. Don't poke at the evaporator!!!
6. Once totally defrosted look at both heaters. They should look like clear glass and see a silver coil running thru them. If they look discolored at all then the heaters are bad. The heaters come as a complete assembly with the defrost thermostat which clips onto the evaporator.
7. If the heaters look ok the only way to know for sure if they are bad is to check continuity with a meter on the plug at the end of their wiring harness. If you can check that then you can splice in a new defrost thermostat to solve the problem. However the best thing to do is replace the heaters and defrost thermostat . It is easy to install.
Follow these steps and this will solve your problem.
Take care....

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The ice maker on my GE Monogram ZISB42EMD stopped working suddenly. The motor on it still runs and I don't see any obvious problem with the water supply, but there must be somewhere! Thanks


Hello,
You can solve this yourself by taking the following steps.. Take off the back panel in the freezer. 1/4" screws. Use a nut driver or ratchet and socket with an extension. 2. Behind the frost is the evaporator and the defrost heaters. One heater in the middle and one at the bottom. They are glass tubes. If you can see the bottom heater that is great. If not use a hair dryer and defrost only the very bottom to expose the lower heater only. 3. Now in the refrigerator section at the top where the controls are, take off the long plastic piece to expose the timer. The timer should be on the right hand side and have a little circle that is slotted. Get a flat screwdriver and turn that timer slowly clockwise just until it clicks and the refrigerator turns off. This will put it into defrost. 4. Now look at that heater that you exposed and see if it glows and gets hot. If it does, then the timer is bad. 5. If the heater doesn't come on then go ahead and defrost the rest of the evaporator with the hair dryer. This will take a little while. Don't poke at the evaporator!!! 6. Once totally defrosted look at both heaters. They should look like clear glass and see a silver coil running thru them. If they look discolored at all then the heaters are bad. The heaters come as a complete assembly with the defrost thermostat which clips onto the evaporator. 7. If the heaters look ok the only way to know for sure if they are bad is to check continuity with a meter on the plug at the end of their wiring harness. If you can check that then you can splice in a new defrost thermostat to solve the problem. However the best thing to do is replace the heaters and defrost thermostat . It is easy to install. Follow these steps and this will solve your problem.

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My refrigerator ice machine won't make ice. I put a new purfier partand it still won't work. It made a few ice cubes and it stopped.


Hello,

It has a defrost problem. Most likely cause would be the defrost thermostat which clips onto the evaporator behind the back panel in the freezer. Next most common would be the defrost timer. Third would be the defrost heater. Let me know if you want to try to test these parts. If so I will need the entire model # from the sticker in the fridge or on older models on a plate at the bottom front below the door.

Also note that

Take off the back panel in the freezer. 1/4" screws. Use a nut driver or ratchet and socket with an extension.
2. Behind the frost is the evaporator and the defrost heaters. One heater in the middle and one at the bottom. They are glass tubes. If you can see the bottom heater that is great. If not use a hair dryer and defrost only the very bottom to expose the lower heater only.
3. Now in the refrigerator section at the top where the controls are, take off the long plastic piece to expose the timer. The timer should be on the right hand side and have a little circle that is slotted. Get a flat screwdriver and turn that timer slowly clockwise just until it clicks and the refrigerator turns off. This will put it into defrost.
4. Now look at that heater that you exposed and see if it glows and gets hot. If it does, then the timer is bad.
5. If the heater doesn't come on then go ahead and defrost the rest of the evaporator with the hair dryer. This will take a little while. Don't poke at the evaporator!!!
6. Once totally defrosted look at both heaters. They should look like clear glass and see a silver coil running thru them. If they look discolored at all then the heaters are bad. The heaters come as a complete assembly with the defrost thermostat which clips onto the evaporator.
7. If the heaters look ok the only way to know for sure if they are bad is to check continuity with a meter on the plug at the end of their wiring harness. If you can check that then you can splice in a new defrost thermostat to solve the problem. However the best thing to do is replace the heaters and defrost thermostat . It is easy to install.
Follow these steps and this will solve your problem.
Good luck.............

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Top freezer doesn't defrost and the thing just keeps on running. The element looks good after i put a light in it to melt all the ice,were does the problem lie.


Several things could cause the problem depending on the model. First, the defrost heater could be bad. It can be checked with a continuity tester or an ohm meter. Second, the defrost timer could be bad and may not be advancing. If you manually advance the defrost timer till it is in the defrost mode, and the defrost heater does heat up, that usually indicates that the heater is good but the timer is bad. Third, there is also a defrost thermostat attached to the heater. It may be bad. The defrost thermostat is a N/C (normally closed) switch and can be checked with a continuity tester.
The heater and thermostat are in the area of the cooling coils, and the timer is many times under the refrigerator.
Hope that helps.

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Defrost problem diagnosis


you will need a multimeter. check continuity thro the heater and stats mounted on the evaporator

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