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GE refrigerator TBX25zpk coils Freezing

My GE refrigerator coils in the freezer freeze up and build up so much ice that the freezer does not get cold enough. This happened about a week ago before I left for scout camp. I removed the rear freezer panel and defrosted the coils manually and it seemed to work but when I returned home they were froze over again. I have the panel off & the heater coil out of the fridge. I have 120 volts to the same wire that feeds the defrost thermostat. How can I tell it the problem is the heater, the defrost thermostat, the defrost control, or the temperature control? I am adept with the use of a VOM. Help!

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    Spirit J Tomczyk Aug 10, 2008

    Well we changed the thermostat, Defrost timer, Defrost therocoupler. Checked the heater element id was .05 out of spec. Finally got fed up & called out a repairman, low on freon. The frige uses R12 but since you can not get it the repair man used a universal type of freon (not sure what it was), can I use r134a if I need to recharge it again? Let me thank you for your help.

  •  Spirit J Tomczyk
    Spirit J Tomczyk Aug 15, 2008


    Let me thank you for all of you help with this problem. It is just wonderful to be able to communicate with someone that has knowledge on such matters. Thanks again



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It's almost always the defrost heater. If you have volts to the defrost thermostat the defrost control is working. Set your meter to check ohms and remove the wiring from the heater. If anything changes when you touch the meter leads to the heater terminals then the heater is probably good, but my guess is nothing will change, which means you've got a bad heater.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

  • Austin DeBock Aug 10, 2008

    You shouldn't have to recharge it. It's illegal to add refrigerant without fixing the leak. If it was repaired correctly, it is hermetically sealed. NO you can't mix refrigerants. I can't tell you what he used, but you can retrofit most R-12 systems to accept R-134A if you change the oil in the compressor. I haven't heard of a refrigerant that mixes with any other refrigerant. That doesn't mean it's not available, I just haven't heard of it.



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