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I have a 7 year old GE refrigerator (top mounted freezer) that seems to stay in defrost too long-- everything in the freezer defrosts, the ice cubes start to melt, the ice cream gets soft, etc. Food in the fridge doesn't keep well. I have spoiled milk before the expiration date. Later everything in the freezer has frozen back solid as a rock.Could it be the defrost timer? Is this something I can replace myself?


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Probably needs a cold control, not cycling on at needed temp
The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back\015\012wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10\015\012hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic\015\012adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to\015\012melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from\015\012overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches\015\012close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost\015\012cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.
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\015\012\015\012If this ice is not melted it will continue to\015\012build up until the air can’t flow over the coil to circulate the cold air\015\012through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge\015\012is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.
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\015\012\015\012If the defrost thermostat is bad it can prevent the heater from\015\012coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped\015\012to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be\015\012misshapen it is bad.
\015\012\015\012With an ohm meter it should show continuity when\015\012cold and none when warm.
\015\012\015\012You can also bypass the thermostat to see if the\015\012heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs\015\012replaced.
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\015\012\015\012The defrost heater is\015\012located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also\015\012go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if\015\012it’s bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when\015\012disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for\015\012voltage when it’s in the defrost mode.
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\015\012\015\012If\015\012you have a defrost\015\012timer you\015\012can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the\015\012front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts\015\012down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that\015\012means the timer is not running. If it\015\012doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till\015\012everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.
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\015\012\015\012If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer,\015\012replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge\015\012with the controls in some models and on the back in others.
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