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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Defrost heater is open behind back wall. order new heater #wr55x10101 remove 4 screws 2 bottom, 2 top behind light shield, defrost freezer so ice is off of evap, replace heater with new one.
Posted on Nov 15, 2008
First of all you need to clean the coils (condenser coils under the unit or evaporator coils inside the freezer). The coils inside could be iced over because of failure of defrost system. Now check that the condenser fan under the fridge is working properly. Check that the fan in the freezer work which pulls cold air from the coils inside freezer and blows it to the fridge side. Are the temperature control knobs in the fridge adjusted correctly? It actually just opens a vent to let more or less cold air in from the freezer. It takes a while for the ice to build up in the freezer enough to affect the cooling.
My first guess would be the defrost timer. You can manually turn it to engage the defrost cycle and observe whether or not the defrost heaters come on. Now use a hair dryer to speed up melting the ice when there is lots of ice buildup. Most timers are 24 hour timers. It will turn the defroster on every 6 or maybe 12 hours depending on the model.
Before testing the defrost heater, unplug the refrigerator to avoid an electrical shock hazard.
The defrost heater is usually located at the back of a side by side freezer or under the floor of a top freezer. It will be necessary to remove obstructions such as the contents of the freezer, freezer shelves, icemaker and the inside rear or bottom panel of the freezer.
The heater is connected by two wires. The wires are connected with slip on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If the connectors are corroded they should be replaced.
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Posted on Jun 24, 2009
If you are showing a frost pattern iside the freezer and higher temperatures in fresh food compartment that is a sign of defrost failure. What is happening is the airflow to the fresh food section is being restricted by a large blok of non defrosted condensate behind the rear pane you see the frost pattern own. I am sending a manual if you like to follow along and ask questions but as I see from your discription this is what most likely happening. Your model does defrost cycle through the motherboard and has no defrost timer. So the most likely cause is you Defrost heater or defrost thermostat are defective. Here is the heater and instructions on how to test heater Click Here=> WR51X322 Heating Element and Defrost Thermostat=> WR50X10088 Defrost Thermostat
Here is the service manual=> GE Monogram Refrigerator Service Manual
You can find those two part numbers here also=> WR51X322 Defrost Heater
and Defrost Thermostat Here=> WR50X10088 Defrost Thermostat
Should you have any questions I will be here to assist you or on my sites, Thank You Sea Breeze
Also make sure none of the lower vents are closed inside fresh food compartment that will also restrict airflow. Manually defrost ing the freezer will give you about another week to resolve this problem should it turn out as defrost problems. You will need Adobe Reader to open the manual I sent you=> free download.
Posted on Oct 15, 2011
Here are some examples of the part beakdown on a=> PCF23NGTCWW_Fresh_Food_Section Parts
See the part labeled 420? That is the WR49X10091 Damper
Not sure if you are having problems with this part yet but we need to keep it in mind as a possible cause. I am leaning to a most likrly defrost heater listed as 230 and defrost thermostat listed as location 240 in the=> PCF23NGTCWW Freezer Section Parts
The defrost heater is=> WR51X10055 Defrost Heater
and the defrost thermostat is=> WR50X10069 Defrost Thermostat
I may be wrong so I need you to look at the rear wall of your freezer and see if ice/snow is building up causing air flow to be restricted to the fresh food compartment. Photo HERE if yes you do see frost buildup the evaporator will look like this photo HERE I am leaving you a service manual here=> GE Refrigerator Technical Service Manual Follow with me in the service manual to see what is causing the air flow problem for eaxample a temperature sensor or problems with the air damper with fan, I am here if you have questions, Thanks Sea Breeze
Posted on Nov 20, 2012
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