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Ice builds up at bottom drain. fan stops and entire unit quits cooling

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This is a clogged defrost drain, this unit its fairly difficult to clean and get to, its either clogged with ice or debris but i would recommend service unless you are fairly used to repairing appliances and such.


Sean

Posted on Mar 27, 2011

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  • mark74639 Mar 28, 2011

    Drain has been thawed many times. It is always clean. works two weeks until it ice's up again and stops fan blade, causing entire unit to not cool. Did GE put out a bulletin on this

  • Sean Miller Mar 28, 2011

    No bulletins, you can buy a drain heater, they got another name for it but its not actually a heater is a little metal bar that you hangs off the defrost heater and down into the drain that warms it up to keep this from happening but no i've never seen a bulletin on it.

    Sean

  • Sean Miller Mar 28, 2011

    Also it sounds to me like its not getting thawed all the way, you need to physicall verify that its draining water down the defrost drain from inside the freezer if you dont see that then its not competely thawed.

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