GE Side-by-Side Refrigerator bad heater


Old 06-06-14, 12:36 PM
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Lightbulb GE Side-by-Side Refrigerator bad heater

The other day my frig started not working well. The temp was much warmer than it should. It was working but it was way to warm. The freezer was working but too warm also.

I thought I might just go buy a new one. You know losing all the food in the frig would cost a lot of money and I didn't want that.

I called a repairman just incase it might be fixable. GOOD THING.

He said this.
-the main compressor is running
-fan in freezer running
-freezer is icing up

Then good chance the freezer (heater) was bad or the timer that ran it.
- The heater defrosts the frost(ice) off the coils in the back of the freezer and this allows air flow through the freezer and frig.

The timer was still good so he replaced the $35 heater and the price of a service call saved me a lot of money.

It was an easy replacement since I already had the panel off for him and the unit was defrosted.

Think about this the next time you think about tossing out an frig on the fritz.

Ironic that the non working heater made the frig too warm LOL.

Admins Note.
Prior Posted Into The Wrong Forum.
Post moved from gas appliances to large electric appliances.

Last edited by Sharp Advice; 06-06-14 at 02:20 PM.
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Old 06-06-14, 02:40 PM
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Modern fridges rely on moving air thru the coil to cool the fridge and freezer. If the coil is frozen over with ice there is no airflow.
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