I finally figured out how to get into the evaporator, heater, and fan compartment on my GE frig!!! Most of the infomation found on the Net said it was necessary to pull the rear wall panel of the freezer after removing the drawer. That isn't possible since the two sides and rear wall were molded as one piece! Then I tried removing the upper panel. It looked as if it would slide out after taking off the front retaining bar. Unfortunately it was held in place by the frig sheet metal sides. Actual access was achieved by removing the floor panel of the fresh food box. When I lifted the Styrofoam cover, I could see an accumulation of ice around the fan which had kept it from running. So cold air wasn't getting up to the fresh food box. However, the freezer compartment apparently was unaffected. After melting the ice and cleaning out the drain hole and hose, everything seemed to be working again. The next morning I expected to see some water in the catch pan I put below. When I opened the evaporator compartment, there was an accumulation of ice over the drain hole again, but not near as much as before. However, given enough time I was worried it might build it to stop the fan again. So I checked the heating element and it was 20 ohms, which seemed about right. Then I checked it there was any voltage across it when the compressor stopped. There was none. So far, I've been unsuccessful in seeing the heater go on. Now here are my questions:
1. How often does a frig heater usually go on during a 24 hour period?
2. Is the timer on this GE Model a solid state device, and if so is there anyway to manually cycle it to turn on the heater?
3. The control module on this frig seems to be in the left corner of the evaporator compartment. Does anybody know how to get it out of there and test it?
Edited by DurhamAppliance, Today, 12:48 AM.
added model number to topic title