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Old 11-10-2008, 05:01 PM
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Hi,
I have noticed a build up of ice inside my freezer. I did some searching and tested the heater element at the bottom of my freezer. It reads 21 ohms. This means that it is ok. I then checked the thermostat is reading closed but the heater is not getting warm. I have looked for a timer and could not find it. I have also read that there may be a controller board for this fridge. Can someone help.

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This unit has a DEFROST TIMER, looks like its in the top of the refer section behind the control panel. Turn it clockwise until it clicks, Then see if it defrosts. If it does, Replace the TIMER !!!!
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Thank you for the quick reply. I can not find this timer. I have looked in the freezer and fridge. On the freezer side I have looked on top near the ice maker. On the fridge I took the back cover that covers the light. I am not sure where else to look.
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Do you know where I can find a diagram for this fridge?
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Do you know where I can find a diagram for this fridge?
Here: Model TFX26KRDAAA
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It shows a TIMER behind the panel in the top of the REFER section. Remove the lite shield and look for a 3/8" white or tan knob that is ALMOST flush with the metal shield.(I think its all the way to the right side) With a flat blade screwdriver, turn the knob clockwise slowly until you hear it click, This puts the refer into DEFROST, If it starts to defrost, Replace the TIMER!!!!
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So after locating the timer something strange happened. I have not touched the timer yet. I simply removed the first shield to get to the timer. When I opened the freezer I saw that the defroster was on! So I waited a while and the defroster had shut off. The coils were not completely defrosted. So today I completly defrosted the coils with a hair dryer. Plugged in the fridge and it seems to work ok. The coils have some ice on them already and I am wondering what I should do next. Could the timer have a problem where it would only work once and a while. Is there anything else I should be doing.

The good thing here is that I have another fridge to put the food into until I get this fixed.
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GE Timers are notorious for having problems. From the late sixties when my company was authorized service, nothing but headaches.
An still to this day they go from one lousy manufacturer of timers to the next.
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I have one last question. It seems as though the pump (or fan) in side the freezer never shuts off. I am not saying that there is nothing wrong with the defrost timer but I am wondering if there is something wrong with what ever controlls the fan. I remember that when we first bought it I could hear it turn on and off. Now it seems like it runs all the time. I could be crazy (well maybe I am). Is there any way to test for this?

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The reason the fan is running all the time is because the food compartment is not fully cooled down,OR the frost build-up in the freezer is slowing the airflow into the refer side!! If it were me, I'd replace the TIMER, FULLY DEFROST the Evaporator, and move on!!!
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