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Offline Washaman

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GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« on: December 24, 2010, 05:28:07 PM »
Having trouble with my fridge. Last night my wife noticed the power was off and it was not running. The breaker was fine but on of the GFCI's was trip on the counter that is on the same circuit. Came right back on but this morning my milk was froze and I noticed the digital readout of the temperature was way off. Normally it is set at ) for the freezer and 37 for the fridge. Currently says -11 degrees for the freezer and 53 for the fridge side. I put a thermometer to see what the real temp is and its about 30 degrees. THe temperature is still set at what it's supposed to be but is not reading that on the display. I also noticed the fan in the fridge is constantly running. Did something short out and trip the GFCI? Is this a bad control board? If it is what is the procedure for replacement? Thanks in advance for any advice.

Model PSS27SGNABS

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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2010, 07:26:17 PM »
Before you buy a board make sure yer thermistors are in place and in spec.

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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2010, 08:51:45 PM »
Thanks JW. I looked through the manual and foun how to test the thermistors. I can't seem to figure out how to remove them. It looks like it unplugs but it will not release?

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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2010, 09:03:53 PM »
OK looks like the new one on the website to order from just has a cut end to splice into so it does'ny unplug.

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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2010, 09:08:26 PM »
Cut and splice is always nice
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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2010, 09:27:56 PM »
Looks like my Fluke is not going to work for this job. Either the thermistor I just checked is totally shot (no reading), or the resistence is to low for my meter.

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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2010, 06:39:39 AM »
First thing I'd do is rewire that outlet to no GFCI. What model is your Fluke?  Every bad thermistor I've seen on the GE's have been way out of spec.

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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2010, 12:28:05 PM »
Looks like my Fluke is not going to work for this job. Either the thermistor I just checked is totally shot (no reading), or the resistence is to low for my meter.

From the manual (p54, table 3) posted by JWWebster, the thermistor values are kilo ohms. eg @20oC is 6.2K, @0oC is 16.3K.  Use the 100K setting on your Fluke.  If you get very low resistance, less than 1k, the thermistor is shorted.

If you don't get zero reading when putting two leads together, the problem is with your Fluke.

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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2011, 12:46:38 PM »
Guess what. I finally quit procrastinating and ordered the control board last week. The fridge finally quit cooling all together 3 months ago so we have been using our spare. So after 6 months of not having a fridge in my kitchen I ordered, install, and it works excellent!
Thanks for the help!

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Re: GE Refrigerator on the fritz
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2011, 01:04:53 PM »
Good to know. Seem like things around my house are always last to get fixed too if we can get by, lol...

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