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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2011, 05:37:15 AM »
oh one more thing when testing the fan it  look like i have to have the frigde still power on ,is that right ? and The themistors  the power off?

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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2011, 07:56:50 AM »
If the refrigerator is actually in defrost mode for more than 45 minutes the main board is bad. The themistors can cause the heater to stay on too long but after 45 minutes the board is supposed to override the thermistors and terminate the defrost cycle. If the refrigerator goes into defrost more than every 8 hours the main board is bad. If the board is keeping the defrost heater on for more than 45 minutes then the heater may not turn off until the defrost thermostat cuts it off at 140 degrees, which will defrost everything in the freezer.

However it is very uncommon for the board to fail in a way that will cause it to stay in defrost mode or defrost more often than it should. You may have a different problem with the same solution (main board). I assume the compressor is running because you say it freezes the bottom half of the fresh food section. This sounds to me like an airflow problem, which from what you have said the fan isnít running and I assume both condenser and evaporator fans are not on. What you need to do is check for supply voltage to the fan motors at the main board. This page will help with that   http://www.appliance-repair-it.com/refrigerator-fan-motor.html

The first test for each motor is checking the supply voltage to the fans. If that is out then the main board is bad. I hope this helps!
Hi, again thank you for the response. I just wanted to update you...after doing some testing
the thermistor, all of the were the right range. I had to use the ohm in 200k because my multi-meter only had from to 2k to 200k. Then i checked the fan and the main board, and i got in the correct voltage range. The freezer fan is coming on but the fridge is not. So what i need to do is to check the fan in the fridge but i do not know how to get to that? Question: how about turbo cool button that always stays on? and could the problem be my control panel, since the main board seems to be okay?

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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2011, 09:28:26 AM »
I Will like to update...i think my problem is the damper fan?

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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2011, 11:46:18 AM »
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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2011, 01:30:21 PM »

i did that and everything pass  ok

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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2011, 01:38:35 PM »
when i run a fan test i get the correct voltage that means the main voltage is ok but only the freezer and  the compressor fan run, the fan in the fridge damper doesn't come on and low air is coming very low.

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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2011, 05:29:52 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong. The fans will run sometimes, the fresh food is freezing at the bottom, the freezer sometimes defrosts completely, the fresh food fan doesnít seem to be running and the turbo light stays on all the time.

I donít think it is going to be the user interface (control with turbo cool light). But you can try disconnecting the user interface control. I believe if you unplug this control the main board is going to run on a default mode that should cool the fresh food to 37 degrees and freezer to 0.

You will not feel a lot of air coming out the duct into the fresh food section in fact it can be hard to tell if the fan is running or not. It is not going to move as much air as the other fans.

The damper could be staying closed but that wouldnít explain the fan motor issues as well as the freezer defrosting. It could however cause the bottom of the fresh food to freeze. Never the less you can take the air duck down so that you can see the air duck inside the air duct. You do this by removing the top shelf (maybe the next one as well) and popping off the cover at the top where the light is to access screws. Once off closed the door and wait three minutes. Then open the door and look at the damper, it should be open. Then after three minutes the damper should close and if you press the door switch it should open again. This will confirm that the damper will open and close.

Are you sure the fan next to the compressor is running? I have seen them run slow and not move enough air to cool the compressor. If the fan next to the compressor isnít running or running slow the compressor can be short cycling possibly causing all your problems (other than the turbo cool light).

The problem I see with the fan motor test you did is by the time you did the test the fans had started running. If you had did the test before they came on you would know if the board was calling for the fans to be on or not. If you were getting voltage to the motor and it wasnít running then you would know the fan was bad (or vice versa) however if the fan were running you would expect the voltage to be correct especially if it were running fast. I can tell you that if the door is opened for more than three minutes the fan is supposed to come on and if not you need to know if the board is sending voltage or not.

There is one more thing you can do to clue us in as to what is going on is to remove the back wall of the freezer with it running and describe what you see. Is there heavy frost build up on the coils that could block airflow? Is there light frost along the entire coils?   
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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2011, 09:29:02 AM »
Now that I think about it more the just forget the damper for now the fan problem you are having is causing the airflow thing you are having. I was saying this because you say you canít feel air coming from the damper but I realized that the damper would have been closed when you where feeling for air. Right now focus on the fan problem. No matter what the fan shouldnít have stayed off for hours especially with the door open.
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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2011, 04:20:24 PM »
since yesterday the fan is working like normal and air is coming from the damper and the fridge is coming cold again the fan is working the thing is i will check to see if the food in the bottom of the fridge is frozen also im waiting to see if it will go in a deep frost this is the puzzle why would go into a 24 hour defrost mode then to start back working normal again i stopped putting food in the freezer because of the defrost problem also i turned of the ice maker i will it on now because before when it goes into defrost it will melt everything including the ice in the ice maker i will see after all of this how it turns out thanks again

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Re: Ge side by side fridge
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2011, 04:32:27 PM »
i know it what 24 hours because i started noticing that the defrost happened saturday morning at 6 and normally it would melt everything and come on but 3 a.m. sunday morning it was not on after 6 a.m. it was on all fans were on because i could feel the air come through since then it was perfect i did the test and everything was perfect i havent noticed anything that melted but the fan stops and goes back on some time tonight when i notice the fan is off i will try the 3 minute door thing again i already turned on the ice maker and put food in the freezer sorry i could not respond earlier i was at work one thing for sure is that the turbo cool light is still on

 

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