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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2008, 09:55:25 PM »
Curiosity got the best of me...checked behind freezer panel and everything is frozen again...evaporator coils and all.  I've got a feeling it's either the main board or I got a bad defrost heater.  When I installed that heater I sat there and watched and it was frosting up right before my very eyes the first time.  Maybe the second time I checked I didn't wait long enough to see what would happed.

I'm feeling the urge to just call a certified appliance repairman at this point since I don't want to spend any more money unnecessarily.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2008, 10:42:49 PM »
I also pulled out the top shelf in the fridge when I took out the shelves in the freezer.  I turned out the light in the freezer manually and you could see the light shining in from the top where the damper was open.  It then closed mostly.  I'd also like to add that there was frost rising on the rear panel up to the mechanical icemaker assembly, on the ice itself in the ice bucket and around the square area of the damper within the freezer.  I manually opened the damper when it closed myself and it eventually partially closed back up.

I am aware that it could be the main board in the rear but the damper malfunctioning could actually cause all that frost on the evaporator coils?

Okay, I guess that would be no different than when the solenoid within the front ice/water dispenser area goes bad leaving the ice door open causing frosting and icing and a whole lot of back up where the ice can't even come out when you press on the funnel.

Yes?

This is all so interesting and fascinating to me...

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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2008, 04:40:47 AM »
Just a side note...all refrigerators have evaporator coils that are supposed to get frosty when the compressor is running. A healthy frost pattern on the coils is one of the primary things a technician looks for to assure a properly charged sealed system.  When the cover panel is in place and the fan is running, the frost does not sit there and collect on those coils, it is passed along to the fridge as cold air. If you sit there with the panel off looking at the coils, air cannot flow across them any longer so the frost accumulates.  Lesson 1: Do not run the fridge with the panels off.

If 3 days later you come out there and see frost covering the coils again, it means the board is not doing its job and turning on the new heater after every 10 hours of run time. Replace that board and you should be ok.
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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2008, 08:49:23 AM »
You know what, that was what I was going to replace first until I saw the price.

I kinda wish I had gone with my instincts.

It's always fun thought troubleshooting.

I think I'm gonna buy a relatively inexpensive but reputable voltage reader just in case I run into problems again.

After I buy the board and replace it I will put another reply on here to complete the trail of questions and answers.

I recently fixed our washer and dryer, to my husband's surprise.  I love this website and ones like this.  In an economy like today they are VERY useful.

I must say that you respond a whole lot faster than most, especially repairclinic.com's repair forum.  They took about a week to send a reply to my question and their reply wasn't even close to thorough.

Thanks again for everything.  I really appreciate your time.

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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2008, 12:59:32 PM »
Received part and replaced it yesterday.

I turned the temperature dials to 7 for both the freezer and fridge.

Should I have blowed dried the evaporator coils too because I didn't?  Well, I did that over the weekend but I'm sure it piled on again...usually doesn't take too many days for that.

The freezer was at 10 below 0 this morning and the fridge not quite back to normal.

I was actually hearing blowing noise at the top of the fridge on the left side and the freezer fan was running pretty much non-stop.

I can tell you that the water dispenser was a little slower and is much faster now.

The damper opened up on its own too. 

Exactly how does the fridge in a side by side get cooled?  You have that little round hole where the crisper is at the bottom of the fridge and then the air from the damper.

How much time should I give this?  Aside from normal operation, What should I look for now?
How will I know if the heater is working and if that frost was caked on again, how many days will it take for that to get back to normal?

(I know this is a lot of questions).



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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2008, 01:01:49 PM »
when that thermistatically controled damper opens the cold air from the freezer does the cooling of the freshfood side. Cleaver eh?
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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2008, 01:04:52 PM »
But how long should that take?

I guess I'm trying to gauge if there's anything else wrong with the fridge.

I don't know why but I wondered if the defrost heater worked when I got it.

Should I take the rear panel off and check to see if the ice is still packed on?


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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2008, 01:10:40 PM »
I have a thermometer that I keep in the fridge and have for years.  This is what first brought my attention to the fridge problem.

When I have it on the bottom shelf it's colder and when I have it on the upper shelf it's warmer.

It was registering at about 50 degrees this morning when on the top shelf and I thought that it would have been cooler than that after replacing the main board at about 8:30 pm last night.

Now I've read things that said not to go in your fridge for about 12 hours to let it set and cool properly but that's so difficult with a husband an three children in the home.  Thanksgiving coming around doesn't help much either becuase I'll be in the kitchen for roughly 12 or more hours straight cooking ...going in and out of the fridge.

What do you suggest?

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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2008, 01:41:41 PM »
this kind of ice box will take 24 hours to get happy happy.
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Re: GE Side by Side Not Cooling Properly
« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2008, 01:54:28 PM »
ok.

Thanks again for your advice. :2funny:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

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