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How to replace a defrost heater on a ge side by side

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The auto defrost cycle uses 4 components. A timer, a defrost heater, a defrost termination switch and a fusible link.
Any one of those could stop your fridge from defrosting.
The best thing to do is do a diagnostic on the defrost components to work out which component is actually faulty.

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