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I have a GE side by side that runs great for 8 hrs.or so,then shuts off and sometimes goes into defrost mode,but I have to tap on the knob on the back wall of the fridge so it will start up again. A service man charged me $50 to tell me I need a cold control.The part is discontinued and I can't afford a new fridge. Could it be the cap. Tube? Please suggest something.

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You still may be able to get a thermostat (i'm guessing that's what he's calling the cold control). Get your model number and hit the internet. Go page by page. It will be tedious but you may get lucky. Try every appliance part site that shows up. Sometimes o.e.m. parts sit in warehouses for years before they're sold if ever. You might find a brand new one. Also, check with your local appliance recycler. Sometimes they have good used parts.

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SOURCE: defrost does not stop

Yes the timer stops when the cold control cyles off (satisfied) i have also has plenty of your exact model have faulty cold control cycling off when the fridge is very warm +40) both are relatively inexpensive and you will save a ton off a retail repair.

Posted on Oct 02, 2007


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you have a defrostion issue reed to remove the back panel in the freezer behind this panel is the evaperator coil needs to be melted down because it is full of ice and frost, ahair drier will work well,put several towells down under the bottom of the evaperator to catch water runoff, after defrosting the coil inspect the defrost heater or heaters some of these can have one or two heaters the heaters are located behind metal gaurds in the evaperator if either of the heaters are bad (both)need to be replaced, if they show good then bad defrost timer or bad defrost termination thermastat wiring diagram behind frount bottom grill

Posted on Apr 12, 2008


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SOURCE: GE side by side fridge not cooling, can't adjust temp control

Most likely it's not defrosting, many GE fridges need new defrost heaters every couple of years.

Posted on Jul 02, 2008

SOURCE: GE Side by Side Not cooling/freezing

sounds like defrost problem. remove back lower panel in freezer. defrost all ice on coils, this will fix problem temporaily. I`m looking for the tech sheet to test system.

Posted on Aug 04, 2008


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SOURCE: My GE fridge is not defrosting the coils in the back. What's up?

if u have frost build up in the freezer it will affect the temperature
and it needs to defrost
problems could be
defrost timer.
heater s.
unit problems (unlikely) if even frost coating.

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Hello Mary;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

You are locked in the defrost mode. About every 8-10 hours your freezer will go into a defrost mode for 20-30 minutes. This is where all of the components will shut down except for the light.

You have water on the floor because your condenser fan and compressor is shut down.

You did not provide a model number. Your model number is on the inside wall of your freezer near the top. So, I can only guess.

Lets take your freezer out of the defrost mode. In the lower back on the left hand side is your defrost timer (This may also be in the lower front depending on the model). Following is a picture of what a defrost timer looks like.


The time is mounted on the back of a plate and held on with two screws. The plate has a hole through it to give you access to the round knob on the left. The knob has a slot in it. With a flat head screw driver turn the knob clockwise. You will hear a click. Turn one click at a time until the freezer turns on.

The timer cost about $20.00. You can replace it yourself. Unplug the freezer. Unscrew the timer. Remove the connector on the right.

You need to replace the timer or you will have icing problems.

Send me your model number and I will tell you what the part number is.

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Still not getting cold

First, if the compressor doesn't run, it'll never get cold. You didn't say if it ran or not.

The defrost circuit is *designed* to cut the compressor out of the circuit during the 2 - 3 times (8 to 12 hour intervals) each day it goes into defrost mode. The compressor will remain off until the defrost temperature sensor (hidden in the freezer section) reaches 50 degrees (or so) *OR* for 20 to 25 minutes each time the defrost timer cycles on. If it is stuck in defrost mode because it failed to advance due to a bad clock motor or because of bad contacts, it will *prevent* the compressor circuit from ever being energized.

Check into this circuit and the location of this timer for your particular fridge. You should not need to worry about the defrost terminator, thermistor, sensor, heater or anything else in the *defrost circuit* at this time to get the compressor running.

I hope this helps & good luck!

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