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    • Part Number: AP3183311
    • MFG Part Number: WR51X10055
    • Made by: GE
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I had been having issues with the refrigerator not cooling . After pulling the rear panel, I found the evaporator coils totally covered in ice. I hire a guy and he change the heater , works fine for two or three weeks and now is the same covered in ice . I don't know if he did defrost enough or what . Because he use a heat gun for feel minutes and then put the new heater and plug the refrigerator at the same time , What should I need to do ?

Alex D for Model Number GSS25PSMF BS

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We just put a new defrost-heater in this afternoon we got from you,and I there was ice on coils when back panel was removed but we mwent ahead and installed the heater but seemed like ok but now I see water coming out of bottom of refrigator mabry too much ice melted but I noticed one of the side wires has fell off when I removed the bottom drawer its not running either should i pull plug my food will spoil i am here alone my son is not home i cant remove back panel and replug the fallen one side wire that goes into heater! I have limited vision, please tell me what i should do?

Nancyleefed@gmail.com for Model Number GHS25JFXNBB

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Thank you for your response. The testing link states I should test when it's cold but do I need to unplug it? And where do I put the leads to test it, one on each side? Thank you for your help. My refrigerator and freezer are both not cooling enough. It's about 60* in the refrig and 40* in the freezer. I unplugged the unit, let it defrost, flushed out the drain in the freezer and plugged it back in. It worked great for about a week and then the frost in the freezer built up again and it doesn't cool again. Please let me what part you think I should replace or it is time for a new unit? This one is about 14-15 years old. Thank you for your help. Kim for Model Number ge refrigerator TFX26ZPDA WW side by side ANSWER Hello Kim. It sounds like you may have a defrost problem with the unit. If so, you will need to test the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat. They should read closed for continuity when cold. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. I will include a link at the end to assist you how to use the multi-meter if needed. If both parts are good, you will need to replace the defrost timer. Once the problem is repaired, you will need to thaw out the ice on the coils before the unit will operate properly. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html

Kim for Model Number ge refrigerator TFX26ZPDA WW

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My refrigerator and freezer are both not cooling enough. It's about 60* in the refrig and 40* in the freezer. I unplugged the unit, let it defrost, flushed out the drain in the freezer and plugged it back in. It worked great for about a week and then the frost in the freezer built up again and it doesn't cool again. Please let me what part you think I should replace or it is time for a new unit? This one is about 14-15 years old. Thank you for your help.

Kim for Model Number ge refrigerator TFX26ZPDA WW side by side

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Having a hard time finding the right part # for my defrost heater. Your site says it's part #WR51X10055 but when I looked it up that's a 12" single coil heater and the one I have is a 9' dual coil glass tube? Any help?

Kris M. for Model Number GSL25JFTABS

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The refrigerator door (side by side) was left open for 17 hours. After closing door and checking temp, it read 94 degrees. After running for several hours the refrigerator side read 63 (coldest) and the freezer side read 22 (coldest). Thinking the coil had froze up, I unplugged for a 2 hours and plugged back in, same temp results. Appliance repair man came out and said it needed freon, but recommended buying new unit, once there is a leak, nothing you can do. Odd that is was working fine prior to this. After visiting your site it sounds like it might be a Defrost Heater first, then some other options. Am I on the right track? Could it have burned out the Defrost Heater or is it something major like the Main Control Board? Thank you for your help and your wonderful website. Stephen

Stephen for Model Number PSCS5RGXAFSS

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Hey Guys, I have a GE model TFX26KRDAWW Fridge/freezer, and just bought a Wr51x10055. After it was installed EVERYTHING was GREAT, but now I'm having the same trouble, it's only been about two weeks. My QUESTION is what else could be wrong, could it be the new heater? (the old heater was bad also) Could it be the sensor??? Or something else?? I don't want to replace the entire fridge. Once I replaced the heater, I changed all my settings back to normal, But not I have to set them to the coldest just to get the compressor to kick on again. Help I'm confused! Thanks, you guys STILL rock!

Angelo for Model Number TFX26KRDAWW

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Freezer evaporator keeps building with ice not allowing the refrigerator to cool. I've replaced the defrost sensor twice. Everything works fine for about 2 months then the same thing happens. Could it be the heater?

John for Model Number GSH25JFTC

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I Have a GE TFX30PP performance profile and there is a defrost build up behind the freezer panel. I had someone look at it but they told me it was a "defrost sensor" that was causing build up and not keeping fridge part cool. He was charging me way too much and wanted to know what "sensor" he was talking about... Was it the deforest heater and bracket assembly or the defrost thermostat or both? Need help and thanks a lot!

JESSIE05@SBCGLOBAL.NET for Model Number WR51X10055

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The heater assembly AP3884317 is burned out. Also the male connectors that attach to it are fried also. I need the harness assembly for the heater. Do you have that available?. I've seen heater assemblies on other heaters that include the harness but cannot find the harness assembly for this particular part. Thanks, Lee

Lee for Model Number GSH25JFRFBB

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