GE Monogram Refrigerator intermittent operation
Posted 09 August 2005 - 12:03 PM
If you recommend the defrost heater replacement...where the heck is it?
Posted 09 August 2005 - 12:45 PM
The model number says this is a room airconditioner....
But the defrost heaters in any ref. are at the bottom of the evaperator in the freezer, or yours might have 2 of them, one at the bottom and another half way up, but cannot tell since your model number seems to go to an A/C.
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Posted 10 August 2005 - 06:50 AM
Posted 10 August 2005 - 07:50 AM
Defrost heater is part #7. Where the confusion appears to have arisen is that Sears.com refers to this as an "air conditioner" - what we actually have here is the guts of a built-in. I got suspicious when I spotted the water valve (part #1)! GE part number for the heater is WR51X5211, which is apparently NLA, although RepairClinic.com shows it as a special order at $117.70.
Posted 10 August 2005 - 02:22 PM
Posted 18 August 2005 - 12:08 PM
Posted 18 August 2005 - 01:00 PM
Posted 18 August 2005 - 06:03 PM
Define "quit". Are you saying the lights and fans stopped running and the fridge is totally silent. Remember you are attempting to paint a picture with words here.
I should have said "how did your evaporator coil look?". Thats the coil that gets cold. Your condenser coil on top is the one you have to clean the dust off of. Thats the one that gets hot.
Did you know you have a defrost thermostat in series with your defrost heater? I have replaced them (defrost thermostats) one handed thru the fan hole rather than take it all apart and risk starting (or being blamed for) a drainage problem that is waiting to happen of the fridge anyway.
Posted 19 August 2005 - 03:38 AM
I can't just turn it off and then back on. I have to turn it off, wait a day or so then turn it back on and it will work. I would think that if it was a faulty defrost heater and the coil was icing up that once it thawed out it would work right away.
I have tried advancing the defrost timer manually to no avail.
The problem is that this is a built in and a new one costs about $4,000. (Plus the hassle of moving the monster and fixing the cabinetry)
Some of my thoughts are:
1) The compressor is worn out.
2) The thermal overload on the compressor motor is tripping.
3) The defrost heater is bad causing all kinds of problems.
One final thought...when I first turn it on, for the first day or so, the air circulating around the condenser coil is rather cool. The unit cycles off periodically. As it approaches failure, the air seems to get hotter and the fans are running continuously
Thanks for all of your help!
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