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My ge refrigerator heating element is staying on melting the ice

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Hello, Not knowing the model you have I'll assume it is a profile since that is the most popular model. Try unplugging it for 7 to 10 minutes to reset the control board. If after that is does not return to normal ( it may take a few minutes to come back on) then you may need a new control board. It is located on the back of the frig behind a rectangular silver color panel. Usually three screws hold it in place. you can goto - http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action - to find a parts breakdown and order parts. Good Luck

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