Warm refrigerator with cold overhead freezer compartment that was discovered to have frosted over coils
Beverly L. • Grenada, MS • October 15, 2014
Appliance: General Electric Refrigerator TBX18SYTDRWH
My Repair & Advice
I defrosted the freezer coils in the overhead compartment and, unfortunately, had to dispose of the spoiled food in the lower, "fresh food" section. I used a flat-head screwdriver to advance the timer to the defrost cycle but was not having any luck with the heater element. I removed the defrost heater bar from the lower section of the coils and used my meter, set on ohms, to test it for continuity. I got no "tone" from my meter which spelled bad news for the heater. I went online to find a replacement that would be inexpensive and would arrive quickly. I found just such an item on AppliancePartsPros.com. When the part arrived in about two days time, I was elated, and immediately went to work installing it. The ancient appliance was plugged back in and hummed back to life. Again, I manually activated the defrost cycle and was glad to accept the mild finger burn from the rapidly heating defroster. All panels, parts, and doo-dads were replaced and the aging refrigerator is, hopefully, good for another 15 years of service.