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The Freezer portion keeps on developing frost on the back and does not freeze unless I take everything out, turn the freezer off, and dry everything out. Then turn the freezer back on.

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G.E. refrigerators use a glass tube heating elemnt for the defrost system. They are the most common thing to go out on the G.E. defrosting systems. The most common of the elements part # is WR51X10101

Posted on Mar 20, 2011

  • bealls_2001 Mar 20, 2011

    Makes sense... Thanks so much. I will get the part on Monday.

  • RaneyAPPL Mar 20, 2011

    that part number is for the sde by side ref. you might need the model number to find the one for yours. WR51X10101 is the most common, but might not be the one yours calls for. when you by the part give them your model nuber and have them look it up.

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How to defrost


If this is an automatic defrost or "no-frost" freezer and it has developed a lot of frost and ice, call a repairman. That should never happen.

But if it's a manual defrost model, follow this procedure.
1. Turn off the freezer. Then remove all the food and toss it into a picnic cooler to keep it frozen. (Some blue ice packs will help.)
2. Open the drain on the bottom of the freezer, and put the end of the hose from the drain (which most have) into a roasting pan to catch the water from the melted frost.
3. Leave the door open. If you have a small electric space heater, blow warm air into the freezer to speed up the melting process.
4. Don't scrape the ice -- you could puncture a cooling coil in some units, making the freezer useless.
5. In about 30 or 40 minutes (15 with the space heater) the ice will be melted.
6. Dry the interior with a towel, toss the food back in, turn the freezer on again, and you're done.

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What causes the coils behind the panel in the freezer to freeze up and stop the freezer fan? top half of freezer defrosts, lower half stays cold.Fridge is side by side and freezer fan keeps turning of


When the evaporator fan motor stops running the top half of the back wall of the freezer will frost over and the the only reason the lower portion stays cool is because cold air falls. More than likely you have a a dc motor fan and its bad, but be wary with ge, the main control board could also go bad causing the fan not to run.

Sep 05, 2012 | GE Refrigerators

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The contents of the refrigerator freeze even on low settings


One of the most common problems with freezers is their tendency to build up a thick level of frost and ice that can disrupt performance. The ice can form on the hoses and cause the fan to freeze up. While you want the freezer to be cold, too much ice is not good for the freezer or the food inside it. There are multiple reasons a freezer could start to develop frost buildup.

Freezer Overstocked
Frost can build up in the freezer if there are too many items inside of it. Air cannot properly circulate around the freezer, so the areas with the sitting cold air can freeze the moisture. Frost continues to build up and accumulate, which then allows it to spread. If food is stocked up near the fan, cold air can't get past it, and the fan itself could develop frost to the point where it freezes and stops working entirely. This can be prevented by not overstocking the freezer and by evenly distributing food throughout.

Temperature Setting Too Low
The freezer should have a thermostat that regulates how cold it gets. If the temperature is set at too low of a setting, the freezer kicks into high gear, the air freezes outright and frost quickly builds up. Adjusting the thermostat to a higher temperature or level can counteract this problem, but you may need to de-thaw the freezer to eliminate the frost that has already built up inside.

Keeping the Fridge Door Open
Many people keep their fridge door open for extended periods of time while they examine the contents inside to see what they want to eat. This can contribute to frost buildup in the freezer, because the fridge is taking in a lot of warm air during this process and the fan pushes it up into the freezer. The moisture in that air is then quickly frozen, and ice can build up substantially as a result. The longer the fridge door is held open, the more likely this can occur, so the best solution is to only keep the fridge open for short intervals and then to not open the door again for a while.
Hope this tips will help you. : )

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The bottom shelf of my upright freezer is super cold - makes everything freeze ''dried'' and super frozen. Why? Seal is good (it ''sucks'' shut and is hard to open after that) - rest of the freezer freezes...


if you are not getting the desired temp in the freezer with the temp control knob, partially block off a small portion of the vent at the bottom with some tape. You could do the same with the vent at the top, the idea is to create a small air restriction. also if you dont add warm product to the freezer very often it has little heat to remove. you may put a gallon jug of warm water in it periodically.

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If freezer is icing up, you might have a defrost problem. Frost free models have a heating element that is controlled by a timer to automatically defrost ice, defrost timer turns on defrost heating element every 12 hours to melt ice in freezer and allow good air flow.
You can test defrost element with an ohm meter(located inside freezer coils-will have two wires going to a plug connection), if OK replace defrost timer (located in various places depending on make and model

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Needs a new thermostat. Get engineer to fit for you. Cheers, Derek.

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-22, the fast freeze bottom does not fridge either, it does not take instruction.

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Fan keeps freezing


HI .did you pull the fridge, away from the wall, and clean out the drain tube ,at the back. if not pull fridge away from wall, find the drain tube, and clean. thanks the appliance doc

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