Author Topic: 1956 GE refrigerator relay/thermostat  (Read 1930 times)

Offline Denjen

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1956 GE refrigerator relay/thermostat
« on: June 05, 2013, 09:46:23 AM »
I have a 1956 GE refrigerator model LH12N I replaced the relay because it started clicking when the compressor would start, got a new ge relay (old stock) the part # was different but the dealer told me it was its replacement. After replacing relay the compressor started just fine, only problem was it wouldn't shut off. Maybe relay was bad so they replaced it, same problem. It ran for several hours to the point things were freezing in refrigerator, temp was 28 F and still running. So my question is would the relay have anything to do with the unit cycling on/off or do I have a completely different problem, maybe the thermostat has went bad too? Any help would be appreciated before I order a thermostat I don't need, thanks.

Offline jumptrout51

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Re: 1956 GE refrigerator relay/thermostat
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 12:45:48 PM »
The compressor engages and disengages on power from the thermostat.
Your thermostat is BAD.
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Offline domain

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Re: 1956 GE refrigerator relay/thermostat
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 01:58:40 PM »
The relay your speaking of gets told what to do, it has no brain. It could care less if its too warm or too cold. The thermostat is the brains for temps.

Offline grkeener

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Re: 1956 GE refrigerator relay/thermostat
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2013, 08:24:57 AM »
most of those old controls attached to the evaporator and can come loose and would run until the whole frig was the plate temp
about 10 degrees  check the evaporator for total frost pattern as well
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Offline greenbeast

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Re: 1956 GE refrigerator relay/thermostat
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2014, 02:34:06 PM »
i have 1956 ge refrigerator model LM11NC serial ON666983. was my grandmother's new. i remember being only tall enough to look over the vegetable bins. I have had it since 1982. runs fine, except lately last ten years will ice up rapidly on the coils inside the refrigeration compartment. freezer compartment will also fill with ice. had refrigerant checked, it is fine. relay works and compressor cuts in and out. have replaced thermostat with a universal model 3 times. first time in 1988, and worked ok. last two times icing is getting worse. i would like to keep this for sentimental reasons, and it is in terrific shape. what do you think i can do?

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Re: 1956 GE refrigerator relay/thermostat
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2014, 06:06:33 AM »
Hi


Make sure the door seals are OK and sealing all round.


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