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GE Fridge GTH18CCT3RWW how to get into defrost mode


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#1 tinkertech

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 06:04 PM

This fridge has a circuit board instead of the mechanical defrost control that I'm used to.Is there a way to initiate a defrost cycle like you could with the older models? This unit froze-up and I was at a loss of how to get rid of the ice other than use a heat gun. I used to also put one in defrost to help with the deicing,but maybe you can't with this kind.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 06:39 PM

Can't find any info on that one but here's what I do in cases like this where the tech sheet is missing and I can't find the manual defrost procedure:

- disassemble the freezer to get to the evaporator

- check continuity of defrost heater and defrost thermostat; if both those are good, then replace the ADC-- it's bad by deduction.

- you have to manually defrost the evaporator anyway-- the heater isn't designed to melt a fully frosted evaporator.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 06:55 PM

Thank you for your response.This fridge is new and under warranty.I work at a resort and we are having a lot of trouble from our brand new appliances.Since their all warrantied it cost us nothing,but I've never seen this much trouble from new appliances in the past.When I found that this fridge had a defrost board instead of the old style defrost control,I didn't know if you could make the board advance to the defrost mode or not. It has a modular plug coming from the board with male ends,it may be a test plug but I thought I would ask here just in case.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 08:48 PM

I'm sure there's a way to do manual defrost but I don't know what it is. That information would be on the tech sheet, though. Pull the toe grill and feel underneath the cabinet, both sides, there should be a plastic pouch pasted to the underside that'll have the tech sheet in it. Would be awesome if you would fax it to me so I can make it available for others; my fax: 866-315-4504.




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