I have a GE/Hotpoint side by side fridge/freezer, model # GSS22QGPACC,
serial #MF229923. Both the freezer and fridge were a little warm
(25F, 50F respectively) with all the fans working so I checked the
coils and sure enough they were totally frozen over. I've defrosted
the coils and now I want to check that the defrost timer isn't stuck
in the off position. The problem is, I can't find the defrost timer!
I checked under the unit in the back and under the temperature control
panel on the food side, but I didn't see what I was looking for (a
button looking thing with a slot for me to turn it with a flat head
If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.
Are the condenser coils clean? I usually find these to be the
The defrost timer should be one of three places:
behind the toe kick where you can see the condenser coils
under the refrig at the back
Up in the top of the refrig section where the light bulb and
control panel are located.
Here is one of the better sites on the internet about appliances:
You can get unit specific answers and order parts there. Your
unit shows an electronic circuit board, I wonder if they have
moved the defrost timer to a board.
A live Singing Valentine quartet,
Well, after defrosting the evap coils, the freezer and fridge are back
down to normal temps. I still have been unable to locate the defrost
timer and I was wondering if it's possible it's on the "motherboard"
which is behind a panel on the exterior rear of the unit. Any
If the fridge has electronic controls, it just makes sense for defrost
timing to be controlled by the microcontroller on the board (zero extra
cost) instead of an electromechanical timer.
But the problem might not be the electronics at all. If the defrost
heater or its wiring is open, or there's a relay that energizes it and
the relay is dead, you won't get a proper defrost even though the
electronic controls are doing regular defrost cycles.
Turns out the timer was on the motherboard and the problem was a
faulty defrost heating coil. Fortunately for me, GE knows this is a
common problem on this model year fridge and I got the repair done for
If you see a removable panel, probably secured by 4 screws, on the
refrigerator's back at the lower right-hand corner (viewed from the
rear) then that would be a good place to start looking. This would be
behind the lower freezer section.
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