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Old 05-13-2013, 07:56 PM
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Default 6 year old GE Profile refrigerator goes into long defrost mode
Model Number: PSC25 NSTA SS   Brand: GE   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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My GE refrigerator has been doing this for a while now.. It's only 6 years old. First thing we notice is the digital temps start climbing in main frig. Then in freezer, Ice cubes start melting and dripping down eventually making a large stalagmite when freezer starts working again.. right now as I write this, temp gauge on left in frig reads 51 degrees and the one on right reads 47. chances are by the morning, temps will be reading closer to 35 37 degrees and all will work normal for a few days. Just seems like it's in a heavy defrost cycle and it goes on for almost a full day each time. It did not used to do that when brand new. The freezer never builds up frost in it when it's working correctly. Then for no reason, these super long defrost cycles. I don't think this is normal. Any ideas out there?


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Old 05-14-2013, 03:22 AM
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Most probably a bad evaporator thermistor, a long, white item clipped to the top of the evaporator WR55X10025
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thanks much for that info. I just got up this morning and refrigerator is still shows freezer at 52 degrees and refrigerator at 47. so this has now been close to a 24 hour ordeal. I had to turn off ice cube maker yesterday as it was just melting the cubes away and not freezing new cubes before dumping them. am very disappointed this refrigerator is only about 6 years old and was close to $3k.
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I printed up a parts list for my refrigerator, mod # PSC25NSTASS and it has the part listed as item #240 on the schematic as "thermostat def" and it's part number WR50X10069. Does this sound like the same item that you are referring to as the Thermistor? Shows it clipped to the top of the evaporator in the freezer. thanks! Hotfordguy
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NO, that's the wrong one, it's small, round and narrow. Should measure 16.8 K ohm in ice water. Look at the picture for the thermistor.
Also, I would check the back of the motherboard WR49X10152 for a bad solder joint at the big power relay
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I found a blog that described the problem I am having to a T. both guys on it put new motherboards on there and said there problems were solved. I am leaning that direction. What do you think? I will check the motherboard today but found one brand new on ******** part number WR49X10152. brand new in the box for $85. a smoking deal. retail on these is $257 on the GE parts site. I did pull up the parts list for my refrigerator and it describes the thermistor on the evaporator as part number "thermostat def" item#240 on their schematic and assigned it part number WR60X10069. My refrigerator is PSC25NSTASS. You sure I have that wrong??
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I am leaning at a bad board also, let us know what you find.
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