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- 6-10 years
I have a GE side by side. Last week I noticed the back of the freezer was frosted over. I removed the back panel and discovered the coils were frosted and iced over. I called a repair company and they said the defrost heater needed to be replaced. I found it online for a lot cheaper than they wanted to charge and replaced it myself two nights ago after unplugging the unit and letting it manually defrost (left the door open all night). The original was a single element heater and the new one is a dual element. I noticed this morning that it wasn't very cold. I unplugged the unit and waited a few minutes and plugged it back in and it came on. When I got home tonight it is working. It's very cold. There is a little bit of frost on the coils. I have it set at 7 and the refridgerator side at 8. Both are cold. Should the coils be frosted over? I am worried that there may be another problem. I know nothing about freezer or refridges. I'm a single mom of two daughters. I can't afford to have someone come fix it. THey wanted to charge me $260 for the defrost heater. I bought it and installed it myself. It cost $14.99!