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GE side by side - upper freezer warming once a week then freezing

year - 2006

Could it be a stuck defrost cycle? If so, is there a simple switch replacement that could fix this?

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  • ezednjo Mar 09, 2009

    Once a week fridge seems to go into auto defrost? all temp readings go blank and both fridge and freezer warm up. Book says there's a heater for 'quick thaw' in lowest drawer. Is heater malfunctioning?



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Had the same problem. Bottom of freezer was about the right temp but the upper part was way too warm. Fridge side was fine. Ice maker stopped making ice - it wasn't broken, but it won't run through its cycle if the temp is too high. Cubes already in storage hopper melted and water refroze as it ran to lower, colder part of fridge. Problem: Fan controller for freezer compartment was faulty. The fan itself was fine. Fix: GE replaced the main circuit board that controls everything on this model, including the freezer compartment fan. Once that was done, temp returned to normal, ice maker is happy again. The board had undergone several revisions from the factory installed one (could tell this by comparing the part number on the old and new boards - they increment it when they revise it.) Bad news: the part/labor were expensive and of course failed after the warranty ran out. Good news: the board is now guaranteed for 5 yrs. (Why wouldn't the factory-installed board ALSO be good for five years instead of just one? It's not like the replacement boards are made better.) Labor is covered only for 90 days though so it won't be free if they have to come back after that.

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