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GE fridge, warm, DE flashing light, freezer is cold


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#1 Bonesy

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 11:00 AM

I have a GE side by side model TFS28PBDA BS , serial number SZ202273 fridge. 

 

I noticed a few days ago that the DE diagnostic light was flashing.  Today, the whole fridge compartment (right side) warmed up.  The freezer side is fine.  I pulled the fridge away from the wall and vacuumed up.  There is a fan near the bottom blowing out warm air.  The freezer side makes the same noise as it always has.  I hear a fan running.  There is a slight fuzzy ice buid up along the back side of the freezer.  I don't know how to check the freezer coii or where it is for that matter.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Bonesy



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#2 NCARepair

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 07:21 PM

Defrost system failure. First guess,faulty defrost heater. Second guess would be defrost timer.

#3 Bonesy

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 11:27 PM

If I manually defrost the evaporator coil, how long before it just freezes up again?  Also, how in the world do I get to that thing?  I can't seem to figure it out even with the freezer empty.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 01:49 PM

To access the evaporator, remove the ice bin and shelves from the freezer.  Remove the six screws that secure the evaporator cover and disconnect the ground wire.  Remove cover.  Remove the two glass tube defrost heaters from the middle and bottom of evaporator and visually inspect for damage.  Using an ohmmeter you can check for continuity of the heaters after disconnecting the wires.  Replacement heaters may come as a kit which includes defrost thermostat and wire harness.



#5 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:49 AM

Defrost heater assembly:  http://www.repaircli...ber=TFS28PBDABS

 

Defrost-Heater-Assembly-WR51X10055-00910



#6 bigbuck

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:57 AM

http://www.repaircli...51X10029/880031

Or the complete kit.



#7 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:45 AM

 

 

A superior choice, Brother bigbuck.  Domo for catching that.  






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