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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2006 04:59 am
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I am having this problem. I found ScottyP.'s forum entry (http://applianceguru.com/forum1/3166.html) which is dead on to my problem, except the frost build up was not a block of ice, but was even throughout the coils. I have manually defrosted and have put everything back together before buying new parts. However, I still don't feel much air flow into the refrige compartment. Airflow in the frezzer compartment is going like gangbusters. I assume the air comes in through the top left of the refrige compartment and exits through the bottom left. Is this correct?

Also when I looked at the defrost heater, the upper one was clear to white in color, the lower one was orange. Is this an indication that one of the heaters is bad?

In a effort to determine what might be bad, I tried to have the defrost timer turn on the defrost heater. I put a ziploc full of ice around the defrost thermostat, but the heater never came on. Unfortunately, I didn't have my trusty multimeter handy to ohm the components out. If one of the heaters is bad, would that prevent the other from coming on?

As far as parts go, I was hoping to get just what was needed, either just the defrost thermostat or the defrost heater. However, GE now includes the thermostat with the heater, which means if its just the thermostat that is bad I won't be able to return the heater.

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If both heaters are working, then leave it at that-- can't tell much from color alone.

As for the air flow, it's not going to be an arctic blast, just a gently cold wafting. Also, it's hard to thoroughly defrost these evaporators and it can take a few defrost cycles to see if it affects the cold air flow volume to the beer compartment.



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You might want to check the return air pathway between the fresh food and freezer side.  Pull the veggie bins out on the fresh food side and look on the bottom left.  Is there ice or frost?

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Jedi Appliance Guy wrote:
You might want to check the return air pathway between the fresh food and freezer side.
Or that! :dude:



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After putting everything back together, I turned the frezzer control to middle (C) and the refrig control to highest (9). After 24 hours, the beer compartment was nice and cold, so I turned refrig control down a couple of notches to 7.

I did not see any frost in the cold air return from the freezer size. The refrigerator side is concealed by a plenum that I didn't remove due to the lateness of the hour.

One thing I forgot to put in my previous post, is that the back panel of the freezer (the panel that covers the evaporators) did have between about 1/8 inch of frost on it. Would this be an indication of problems with the defrost heaters/themostat?

The orange color on the lower heater had all ear-markings of rustiness (a Steven Colbert word if there ever was one).

I have yet to ohm out the heaters, which I was planning to do tonight.

Thanks for your responses.

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In looking at the back panel of the freezer today (almost 48 hours after the manual defrost), there is no accumulation of frost on panel. Refrigerator is still nice and cold.

If the heaters/thermostat are bad, how long should it take before I start seeing accumulation of frost on the back panel?

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Depends on the humitidy in your area, how much the frig doors are opened and how much warm moist food is put inside of the frig....could be 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks??



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When I took out the heaters to ohm them out, the lower heater coil was broken (it either was broken to begin with or was broken during the removal).

For my own curiousity, this is series circuit isn't it, i.e. if one heater breaks (is open) there won't be any power for the other heater? Seems kind of a dumb design.

At any rate, I replaced the heaters and hopefully won't experience anymore problems. Thanks for your help.

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Yes, they are in series for a reason, if one is bad the other one will break soon, they are always replaced as a set if there is more than one heater in the frig...;)



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