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Old 04-09-2008, 06:02 PM
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How do you force a manual defrost on a fridge with a control board. I have a GE GSS22JFMC side by side. No owners manual.


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As far as I know there is no way to do it.

What is the original problem with your fridge?

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The original problem was the coil in the freezer iced up. I wanted to put it in to defrost so I could check the heater and the defrost thermostat.
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You can check the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat for continuity. Both of them should be closed (the defrost thermostat must be cold at the test time).

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You can manually force defrost. Remove the back metal panel to expose the motherboard and unplug the power plug on the bottom left. Stick a jumper between the J11 and J 8 connector pins. The pc board will have these pins labeled. Now plug in fridg. The defrost heater will now draw current, if yes, you probably have a bad motherboard item # 801. They also recommend to also replace the freezer thermister. If not, you have a bad defrost heater or thermostat. Very common for the heater to fail on these.
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