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Old 01-14-2010, 02:52 PM
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Default Evap.Fan frozen, coils frost-free
Model Number: GBS18HBRAWW   Brand: GE   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Bottom freezer model. After 2 weeks fan freezes , but coils are frost-free.Any ideas?


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Old 01-15-2010, 04:38 AM
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Very strange.
I am assuming everything else is normal and by freezing you mean that ice/frost builds up on the fan to the point where it stops rotating.

I would suspect a bad door seal is letting in too much warm moist air though I would have thought you would have also noticed an accumulation of it on the items in the freezer.

Take a dollar bill or a strip of paper. Place it between the door seal and the frame and then try to pull it out. If you can remove it with no resistance you have a seal leak. Work your way around both the freezer and fresh food doors.
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Thanks for the reply. Seals OK. Humidity around 10% so no moist air, so no frost on food.
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Where on the fan is the ice accumulating?

Hopefully someone who has seen this on this model will jump in as it seems very strange to me.
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Ice jams fan from bottom causing fan to stop blowing. Ice extends to drain hole, even though drain is clear all the way down to bottom pan. In some forum I read where a tech had experience with another GE refrigerator/freezer where foam block under evaporator pan became saturated preventing insulation of cold from reaching defrost water and causing said ice jam.
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I have never seen this so am stumped as to the cause.

I would have thought that it would take a long time to saturate open cell stryrofoam but that depends on the quality of the styrofoam they used.

Perhaps give GE a call, although in my experience they never seem to have heard of a problem on another unit when you ask them. Seems all problems with GE's are just random.

There is a GE tech who hangs out here but I cannot remember his logon with a little luck he will see this and reply. Also perhaps someone else is familiar with this.

I have seen where ice builds up around the drain hole and plugs it. Often it is recommended that a bare piece of 14 gauge or lager wire be wrapped around the heater once or twice and run down the hole a inch or two. Then when the defrost comes on it also melts the ice accumulation. Your heater is the glass type so I am not sure how wrapping a wire around it would effect it. Could cause a cold spot which would then crack the glass.

Sorry I could not be more helpful !!
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