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My GE PSS26MSTE has been turning into a block of ice lately.  My 4 year has learned how to open the door but isn't to keen on making sure the door is completely closed.

How can I initiate a defrost cycle test?  Are there jumpers on the board or is it done with the temperature controls.   I used the hair dryer tonight to get it back up and running but am hoping there isn't a bigger issue.

Also is there a way to put my ice block maker into a diagnostic mode to test the various compenents?

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I believe you'll find that this scroll from the sacred Appliantology archives has the information you seek, my clever apprentice.



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Great Samuri Repair Man, I have reviewed the most sacred scroll and still cannot snatch the pebble from your hand.  My model has 2 digit temperature numbers so I can't set both to 5.  How do I enter diagnostic mode?

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Holding all 4 for seemed to do the trick.   I am now testing.  Thanks Great Samuri

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i dont put much stock in the built in diagnostics on these fridges. i prefer to jumper the heater at the board and see if it heats. if it does heat i check the evaperator thermistor. if it doesnt heat you have either a bad heater or limiter.



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unplug the ref. go to the mainboard right rear on the back of the ref. locate a 3 prong connector..usually blue. on the board it should be marked defrost,compressor and main (?). run a jumperwire across defrost and main leaving the blue connector on the board. plug the unit in. turn it off on the controls. you then can either check for amp draw of the box or open up the freezer door and watch and listen for the defrost heater. if heater comes on it will tell you that the heater and "defrost terminator" are good. it really isn't a defrost terminator just a safety device. defrost is terminated by the board which gets its info from the evaporator thermistor.

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Tim, I've upgraded your account to reflect your apparent wisdom in the ways of Fixite Do. Kanpai!



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Domo arigato samurai san    :)



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Ok.  Finally got my radio shack jumpers and jumped J9 to J11.  Opened the iceblock door and the heater is glowing.  My next step is the evaporator thermistor.  Thanks everyone!

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Based on this:

http://fixitnow.com/wp/2006/07/13/defrosting-problem-on-ge-sxs-refrigerators-with-the-motherboard-in-back/

I am in for a mutha board and an evaporator fan.  Anyone know any appliance parts stores in the Northern Viriginia area?

 

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clevername wrote:
Based on this:

http://fixitnow.com/wp/2006/07/13/defrosting-problem-on-ge-sxs-refrigerators-with-the-motherboard-in-back/

I am in for a mutha board and an evaporator fan.  Anyone know any appliance parts stores in the Northern Viriginia area?

 


Yep, ratcheer.

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Do I need 1550751 or 914169?

Thanks again,

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Last edited on Sun Oct 4th, 2009 03:52 am by clevername

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clevername wrote:
Do I need 1550751 or 914169?



Yes.



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Parts arrived tonight and I swapped them out.  I will update after a day or two.  Thanks for the help everyone!

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Problem is back again after a year and a half.  Do I just keep with problematic parts or have the problematic parts been fixed?

Is there a class action for this model?

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