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GSL25JFPABS General Electric Refrigerator - Instructions

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No water dispensing in door

  • Customer: Stanford from Carlsbad CA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver
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I utilized your other tips on your website and they worked very well. Only problem, I ordered a part that I did not need, but I returned the part to you and your return policy worked well. Thank you for your support.

Freezer coils icing up and temperature warm

  • Customer: Kaylene from Pleasant Grove UT
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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I had a frig several years ago do the same thing -- freezer coils icing up and temperature warm. I had watched the repairman come in and take the back off the freezer and install some part, I knew not what. So I got on YouTube and four this website with instructions and directions of how the put the part in and which part it was. I am good at trouble shooting and was very comfortable after watching the video of what to order. I ordered the part. The instructions were clear. After the coils had thawed, it took less than 30 minutes to install the new part. I installed a Defrost Heater. My refrigerator has worked ever since. I am not a mechanic nor a fixer upper. I am a 60 year old female school teacher.

The freezer side was cold but the refrigerator side got warm

  • Customer: Richard from Hemet CA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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I am not a very handy with tools. I called a repairmen and theharged me $50 to look at refrigerator/freezer. He told it needed a Defrost Heater and bracket assembly. He said it would cost with the service charge $220.00. So I went to Refrigerator parts web page and that is where I found PARTSELECT Web site. I order the part for a lot less then repair shop would have charged. It was pretty easy to install since it was just a couple of screws and bolts. Thanks to PartSelect.

Freezer frosting up so bad it would no longer cool my fresh food

  • Customer: Paul from Hampton AL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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I had replaced the thermastst first because 40-50% of people this solved the same problem that I was having. Not only that it was only $10.00, my multi meter was broken so a $10.00 part was less expensive than a $40.00(+-) meter to test what was broken for sure. Well that did not fix the problem. I read all the "repair reviews" on here and found that more than likely it was my heater that was bad. So next time I defrosted the freezer I was able to get a peak at the "bulb" on the heater, it was BLACK! I ordered the part ($50.00) and was totally surprised how EASY that was to put in!! It took way longer to defrost than install this part! My wife came to see, saw what I had to replace, and said sarcasticly "have fun figureing out how to get that off!" She came back in 10 min and I was putting the back panel on the freezer, she said "where you not able to get it off!?" I did not say a word just handed her the burnt out one with a grin! That was about 2 weeks ago everything is working fine... Of course I replaced my muli-meter already, but never even used it on the fridge! Oh well I got my fridge repaired and a real nice multi-meter for way less than a repairman would have charged!

Refrig would not defrost

  • Customer: James from Taylorville IL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver
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Replaced the Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Refrigerator not staying cold.

  • Customer: Michael from Oconomowoc WI
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Remove items from Freezer, remove panel and defrost condensor coils (most time consuming part of the job). Defrost Heater is held in with two screws and two electrical connectors (remove by hand or with pliers). It's worth replacing the Defrost theromostat and Defrost heater at the same time. Only cost $60 for the two parts and will ensure you have the fix. Use the "outdoor" wire nuts when splicing in the Defrost thermostat, that will ensure you don't have any issues with moisture at the splice. When defrosting the condensor coils, soak up water as the catch tray won't hold the volume of water that will melt off the coils.

Freezer icing and frig warm

  • Customer: James from Raven VA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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I replaced the Defrost Timer & Defrost Thermostat previously only to find that the freezer was still freezing up. It was obvious that the Defrost heater was bad and I ordered it. I had ignored Parts Select reccommendations on my first order otherwise it would have been less than 30 minutes to complete all of the repairs. It took longer to defrost the freezer coils than the actual repairs took. I followed the published installation from Parts Select and now my 10 year old side by side is working like a new appliance. Thanks Parts Select for the fast shipping and accurate replacement instructions. Jim from Virginia, you get 10 stars from me!

Refrigerator was not as cold as usual and freezer was not keeping ice cream solid.

  • Customer: Diana from San Ramon CA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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First had to diagnose the problem. From reading others stories, figured it would be the timer, thermostat or heater. First removed the back panel of the freezer. There are 3 screws at top that will need a phillips screw driver and 2 hexagon nuts at bottom. The defrost heater is at the very bottom. If the glass is black, it's burnt out. Got that clue from others. Had to shop for fresh produce and meats as the days went. Put towels at the bottom of freezer over the drain hole so it doesn't overflow while defrosting it the first time. There will be lots of water if the outside of the panel that covers the coils has a sheet of ice on it as well from the build up. Used hair dryer a couple of times every 2 days until the part arrived to avoid a big build up of ice again. Once the part arrived, instead of standing there and defrosting the coils, it was easier to empty the frigerator contents into a cooler. The freezer contents went into outside freezer, probably would be ok in cooler for a day. Unplug and let it defrost overnight. Had plenty of time to plan this because it took at least 5 days to receive the part. Unscrew the bracket, remove the plug-in from both ends of defrost heater/bracket assembly and lift out. Plug in new one, screw in place. You're done. Now hubby can have his coolers back and go fishing! Good as new. Fridge is 38-40 degrees and ice cubes are solid within a few hours. Darn, I won't be getting that French door fridge for awhile, I guess.

Refridgerator and freezer getting warm.

  • Customer: Paul from strongsville OH
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver
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First replaced the temp sensor and thermostat, no results. Replaced heating element (looked chared inside the clear tube) and it worked. Heating element is just a plug in connection as comparewd to sensor and thermostat which is splicing in wire connections. Defrosting takes the longest time.

frezzing up in the coil not defrosting

  • Customer: guy from bandera TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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unpluged the fridg. let defrost.removed shelfs/removed screws on side rails that hold shelves /re moved back plate / unconected red and blue wires/two screws discnneted the unit. reverse steps 1 to 9. fride works perfect now

Fridge not cold enough; frost forming in Freezer

  • Customer: jacqueline from Suwanee GA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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I unplugged my fridge. Took out food and shelves. Unscrewed 3 top screws and two nuts to remove back panel. Started at the bottom and unscrewed 2 screws , took out heater then unscrewed the 2 screws on the top one and took it out. I used a blow dryer to defrost all of the ice on the coils. I put the new one in , bottom first, then tucked the wires, and then installed the top one. I unclasped the old thermostat on the silver coil/pipe and clamped the new thermostat on. Then I unplugged the wires from the old unit and plugged in the wires from the new one and put the hanging wires in the plastic clip at the top of the unit to keep them off the coils. I put the back panel back on, put the screws and nuts in, put shelves and food back in , and I was finished. It's working great now!!!

howling sounds in the freezer; blower fan cycles on/off

  • Customer: William from Champaign IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Socket set
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------------- defrost heater replacement --------------------------
- unplug the refrigerator
- unload all shelves underneath ice maker
- move ice crem into the refrigerator section
- remove all shelves and the bottom tray.
- remove light bulb cover and the bulb
- unscrew two 1/8" screws on top corners of the back panel
- unclip the ground clip on top
- pull the back panel up; pull the left side toward yourself
- test 3 thermistors (see instructions below)
- test the thermostat (see instructions below)
- if either thermistors or the thermostat units are defective, they may be the reason for fan malfunction, not the fan itself.
- unscrew 2 philips screws on either side of the defrost heater
- pull it out and unplug the 2 wires on either end. Replace with a new part.
- putting together is the reverse of disassembly
- move ice cream back to the freezer


--- thermistor testing

- unplug the refrigerator
- locate thermistors to be tested. There's one on evaporating coils, one on bot. left of the freezer (behind deep tray, with white wires), 1 in fridge section (top left, in the corner, inside square white wire conduit; undo the top 1/8" screw ONLY and pull conduit up).
- without disconnecting from the circuit, place a thermistor in a cup of ice water. Wait for 5 minutes
- locate the main control board. Locate and unplug the J1 connector. The pinout, starting from the side with all wires connected:
* pin 5: ground
* pin 4: evaporator thermistor
* pin 3: freezer
* pins 2,1: fresh food thermistor
- use an ohmmeter to measure resistance. Push the needle of the ohmmeter into the socket, where the wire plugs in, without trying to remove the wire. It should be 16.3 kOhm +/- 5% (for 0 deg C)

to replace a thermistor
- cut out the old thermistor, leaving as much wire as possible
- strip the wires, twist them pairwise
- use a bell connector filled with RTV silicone, to ensure that no moisture can get to the connection
* others have also used butt splices and screw-on caps with electrical tape (for moisture isolation)
- using a proper crimping tool, squeeze the bell connector to secure the wire

------------- thermostat testing ---------------------------------
- it's a round quarter-sized cylinder w/ pink and orange wires
- check for bulging (= burnt)
- locate temperature ratings on the side of the thermostat. It should read e.g. 140-30F. This means it's switches to open circuit when >140F is reached and switches to closed circuit when <30F is reached.
- unplue the 6 pin connector that has thermostat.
- test the thermostat. Orange wire is in the 6-pin connector; pink wire can be disconnected from the defrost heater under the evaporation coil. It should read closed circuit (no R).
- place the thermostat into a cup of boiling water. It should open.
- if OK, reattach the thermostat

frost would build up on back of freezer, and stop cooling

  • Customer: ross from soddy-daisy TN
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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I watched the video of the repair, and followed their procedure. First turned off ref. removed trays, removed light and then back panel. located defrost heater at bottom of condensing coils. Removed and replaced. reassembled and ref. works great. Thanks ross

Refrigerator was warm and freezer wasn't freezing only cold like the refrigerator side, frost was built up on the coils in the freezer behind back panel were froze over

  • Customer: Jesse from Anaheim CA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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unplugged refrigerator to defrost ice on coils, removed shelves and ice bin and then began to un screw back panel which was a combination of hex head and Phillips head screws, two more screws to undue the heater element and unplug two wires on each side of element noting which color was on each side installed new heater element in reverse order.

Refrigerator not getting cold. Frost in freezer

  • Customer: Dan from Bethel Park PA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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First replaced the defrost sensor. Same issue. Tested ohms on heat element basically open. Very high resistance Mega Ohms. Ordered new element 21 ohms. Installed 30 minutes. Only needed a Phillips. Set Frig on 5 setting and working well.
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