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Ge side by side not cooling

I think i need a new defrost can i test that and where is it??

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  • bzfthv Nov 22, 2007

    I also have similiar issue.. It is a GE Model ESS25XGMC BB.. There is ice built up on the coils.. Not sure if it is an issue with defrost or something else.. Also found something for this model with a known issue for mostuire issues not sure if related..



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The defrost timer is usually found behind the front grill "toe kick" of the refrigerator. It may also be found behind a cover plate inside the refrigerator or freezer, in the temperature control console, or behind the refrigerator near the compressor.
To test whether the defrost timer is simply failing to advance, locate the advance screw and turn it clockwise until you hear it click. This advances it to the next mode. If it was cooling before, it is now in defrost mode. Simply wait about 35 minutes and check whether it has left defrost mode and has resumed cooling (listen for the compressor). If it does not advance, the timer motor is probably bad and the entire timer needs to be replaced. If it advances as it should, then you can follow the steps below to test the switch electrically.
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Most likely the defrost timer has stopped working.

The timer is often located inside the refrigerator part of the unit, or under the remove-able face on the bottom of the frig.

You can manually advance the timer with a screw driver or a coin. The place that you advance the timer is a round object in the middle of the face of the timer. You must rotate this part of the timer. The design is such that you can only rotate the timer in one direction.

If you rotate this and the compressor motor begin to work then you can be sure the problem is the timer motor. Sometimes the wire breaks off the contacts that run the little motor inside the timer.

You can buy a new one and replace this quickly.

Do replace the timer if rotating the compressor starts. Rotating the timer is not a fix, it is only a test. The timer is designed to defrost the refrig Failure to have a defrost cycle is bad.

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