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G.E. refrigerator How to engaged defrost on a G.E. refrigerator with a board?

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  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    I have tried this twice. When I replace the board is there some kind of code I should used when I installed it?

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    I tried the solution twice It would work 3 or 4 days then frost would built up on freezer wall then stop making ice and stop cooling. When I replaced the board should I use some code when I installed it?

  • jdeez Jul 22, 2008

    I still want to know.
    My freezer is totally frozen behind the back panel, AND all the evap coils are covered in ice.
    I've been defrosting it with a hair dryer for the last 2 weeks...ugh
    Is there a method to manually engage defrost cycle, check if defrost heater is bad, or test the thermostat?
    The thermostat is CHEAP, and I'm considering replacing it just to see if this fixes it.
    Any and ALL advice welcomed...except advice to replace board, please? :-)
    At this point (before any real diagnosis is complete), spending $300 on a new board seems premature.
    THANKS!


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I do not suggest attempting this! If you think you have a defrost problem you need to test other thermostat and heating elements FIRST! But, I will tell you from experience that 90% of the time it is the computer board that needs replaceing.... Only if your having a defrost problem..IE., ice build up on evap coils. Replace the board and defrost all the ice with a hairdryer. And since you have the back wall off in the freezer you might as well replace the thermostat.

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Brian

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It doesn't defrost
  1. Defrost control board
If the defrost function is not working on your refrigerator it could be an issue with the defrost control board. This control board oversees several internal conditions and regulates the activation of the defrost cycle. A faulty board can be the primary reason your refrigeration unit is not transitioning to the defrost cycle. Over time, the buildup of ice on the evaporator coil will prevent the refrigerator and freezer from maintaining proper internal temperature. It is advisable to first check the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat for continuity prior to replacing the defrost control board.
  1. Main control board
A possible cause for a refrigerator not defrosting, especially on more modern units, is the main control board. The main control board acts as a "brain" for the unit controlling the defrost cycle, compressor, and run time, and essentially acts in place of the defrost timer. The control board can be tested using an ohm meter for functionality and will need to be replaced if bad.
  1. Defrost timer
If the refrigerator is not defrosting the timer could be malfunctioning. Numerous times throughout the day the defrost timer should cycle the defrost heater on as a means to melt frost buildup on the evaporator coils in the freezer. If this timer does not cycle on, then it may be faulty and require replacement.
  1. Defrost heater assembly
If your refrigerator is not defrosting accurately this could be an indication that your defrost heater assembly has failed. This could cause the frost to accrue on the evaporator coils, eventually blocking the airflow resulting in the unit not cooling properly. The defrost heater assembly can be monitored for continuity using an ohm meter and will need to replaced if there is none present.
  1. Defrost thermostat
Another cause of your refrigerator not defrosting is a faulty defrost thermostat. A requirement for the defrost heater to activate to melt away frost on the evaporator coils is a functional defrost thermostat. The defrost thermostat senses the temperature of the evaporator coils and initiates the thawing process by activating the defrost heater. If the thermostat is faulty, it will not sense the lowering temperature of the coils and will not turn on the heater, resulting in an advanced frost build-up. The defrost thermostat can be checked for continuity by using an ohm meter; if there is no continuity the damaged part will need to be replaced.
  1. Defrost sensor with fuse
Another possible cause of a refrigerator that does not defrost properly is a defrost sensor with a fuse. If the defrost sensor fails, the fuse acts as a one-time-only fail safe for the sensor -- if the sensor does not shut off the defrost heater, the fuse will blow when the set temperature is reached. This safety precaution is to keep excessive harm from your unit by the heater and is a one-time use, resulting in the replacement of the entire defrost sensor.
Defrost drain problems
  1. Clogged or freezing defrost drain
If you are experiencing defrost drain issues, it is possibly due to a clogged or freezing drain that is blocking water flow to the bottom of the freezer. This will cause the defrost water to drain and drip down to the bottom of the freezer section. To correct this issue, thaw any ice or remove debris that could be causing the clogged drain or replace the drain heater.
  1. Drain heater
If you are experiencing defrost drain problems, inspect the defrost drain heater. A dislocated or burnt out drain heater will result in the drain tube freezing over. Attempt to return the part to the designated position or replace the damaged part to correct the issue. Search Over 2 1 Million Appliance Parts

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Samsung refrigerator defrost problem


Check the defrost drain hose. If it is plugged, the water from defrosting has no place to go, so defrosting doesn't do much.

Also, make sure you have power to the defrosting circuit (you may have a problem with the wiring). The simplest and safest means is to do a continuity check of the wires between the control board and heater with the refrigerator unplugged, or unplug the heater connection to the control board and measure the resistance of the heater through the connector(s). If it is open or very high, examine the wire terminals for corrosion. If the defrost control board is separate from the rest of the refrigerator control system, check for power coming into the board.

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Defrost is stuck in one all time it not cooling or freezing


A DEFROST TIMER is a cycling device, it times the frequency and duration that the defrost heater coils melt the ice that builds up around the evaporator coils. If ice is allowed to build up, air will not be able to freely flow past them - resulting in reduced efficiency and sometimes a drastic warming of the cooling unit.

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Most of the time, the defrost timer is in the cooling mode, allowing the compressor to activate when the thermostat signals it to. The remaining part of the cycle (usually less than 30 minutes)the timer is in defrost mode. In this mode, it signals the defrost heaters to melt the ice build up on the coils. This defrost action is limited by the defrost thermostat. If your DETROST TIMER go to bad, one symptom would be if your refrigerator is not cooling. Although there are many causes of this symptom, A stuck defrost timer can be one of them. The timer can get stuck in cooling (compressor activated) or defrost mode (defrost heaters activated) for usually two reasons:
- The timer motor can fail for one.
- The gears can also become locked up.

No matter what the reason is or which mode the defrost timer gets stuck in, the refrigerator can stop cooling. When the refrigerator is stuck in defrost mode, the compressor no longer comes on to cool the unit. If the timer gets stuck in cooling mode, the evaporator coils never get a chance to defrost, causing ice build-up to the point where there is a complete blockage of airflow past the coils.

The defrost timer can also cause the refrigerator to stop cooling due to failure of the internal switch which activates either the compressor or heater coils. Finally, when doing any repair on a refrigerator, check the condenser coils for dust buildup and clean accordingly.

According woth yur brand and model, look the part replacement in this link: partselect.com/refrigerator+test-defrost-timer+repair.

Good luck.

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Defrost coils are bad and burn out board...
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The automatic defrost cycle is running longer the normal. causing items to defrost in freezer. We have replace the sensor and timer


THE CONTACTOR STAY OPEN. THE DEFROST TIMER DEFECTED OR DO NOT ENGAGE. IF YOU HAVE POWER WHEN THE CONTAC CLOSE CROSS THE DEFROST TIMER . THE DEFROST TIMER NEED TO B REPLACE

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Defrost problem. Either the defrost thermostat, defrost heater or defrost control board needs replacement. The defrost heater has to have continuity. The defrost thermostat has to have about 0 Ohms while it's cold. If both test out ok - replace defrost control board.
Part locations: Defrost heater and thermostat: under your frosted cover; control board - left upper corner of fresh food section, under the damper cover, in the middle.
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5303918255 - defrost heater kit
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Most times that is a sign of a defrost problem. And because yours has the defrost board made onto the mother board we will need to do some looking around for the problem. Unplug refrigerator and pull away from wall. On back there is a cover over an area that contains the mother board. With power off take the board loose and examine the board for burn marks, sign's of heat or melted away solder connections. If the board looks OK the return it to its place and remove the rear panel in the freezer section. Need you to disconnect one end wire on the defrost element/heater. Check continuity through the heater to make sure there is no burnout. The defrost thermostat is connected to one end of the defrost heater. The contacts are open when the temperature is 50 degrees or higher, so testing it would look bad above 50 degrees. Just look to see if there is any deformity. If defrost thermostat is defective it will not allow the defrost heater to engage or to remain on long enough. Let me know what you fins. Sea Breeze

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check at front of fridge on bottom behind kick panel or at rear of fridge near compressor on some models you can manually engage defrost cycle,it looks like a small sometimes metal box with wires out of it,it will have either a protruding knob which is turned or a depression in which a screwdriver can be placed to rotate it.if it goes onto defrost and works o.k. this timer will need replacing

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