Model #GSH22KGPAWW GE Side-by-Side Refrigerator

  • Freezer Door
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  • Fresh Food Door
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  • Freezer Section
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  • Freezer Shelves
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  • Ice Maker & Dispenser
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  • Fresh Food Section
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  • Fresh Food Shelves
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  • Sealed System & Mother Board
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Re submit - What causes this refrigerator model GSH22KGPAWW to freeze up and not defrost?

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If you found a broken heater, it will be the problem. It would be very unlikely to get broken by a piece of falling ice. There should be no other reason, other than the element shorted out. The thermistor is the sensor at the bottom of the coil. To check it, means disconnecting it and getting a resistance reading from it. The resistance will vary according to the temperature. At 32 degrees it should read 16.3 k ohms, at 50 degrees 10 k ohms and at 77 degrees 5 k ohms. The defrost thermostat at the top is a safety. It will stay closed, until the temperature reaches 140 degrees. Replacing the element # WR51X10053 should solve your problem. If you need more assistance, you can resubmit your question with more details.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
November 18, 2009
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What causes this fridge to frost up and quit cooling?

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From the description listed, this is going to be a defrost problem. The defrost circuit consists of 3 components:

  1. The heat element
  2. The main board
  3. The sensor (thermistor)
If any one of these components fails, it won't defrost. As the frost builds it gets warmer in the fridge section first and eventually the freeze will also start warming up. A volt/ohm meter will be required to check which of these components has failed. A technician may be needed. A check you can make the next time you notice it starting to build with frost is, to unplug the unit and then reconnect it. This will reset the board. If it starts working ok again, the main board will need to be replaced. If you need more assistance, you can resubmit your question with more details.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
November 13, 2009

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