[FIXED] GE side by side fridge side not cold

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My GE side by side fridge is not up to par on the fridge side. The freezer seems good but a few weeks ago I noticed some water below in the front of fridge on floor and now the fridge side is not cold enough. I turned the dial up to 9 and it still seems warm. Any thoughts?
 

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Found some frost on back wall and I can hear the fan and feel air at vent control in fridge side. I wonder if I let it defrost long enough. Or is it possible the defrost unit is malfunctioning.
 

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**I wonder if I let it defrost long enough. Or is it possible the defrost unit is malfunctioning**

One way to tell...access the cooling coils ( evaporator ) in the freezer and let us know what you see....



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jeffricha wrote:
It did have quite a bit of ice.
Clear "ice" or white snow-like "frost"? It is an important distinction when dealing with refrigerator problems.

Was the build-up uniform across the whole evaporator coil or just on part of it like the picture shown above? If just part of it, you may have other problems as well.


The thermostat was faulty and replaced.
The defrost termination thermostat I assume??

Glad to hear you found the defective part. Hopefully it was the only problem.


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Glad I found this board.

I have a GE with similar problems. I first noticed that the fridge was not cooling as well as it should (freezer seemed fine)...put a thermometer on the middle shelf and it registered at 55 degrees - not good.

I vacuumed out underneath the fridge of some (but not much) dust and cleared ice out of the upper and lover pass-throughs (most of it was in the lower, which was completely blocked). I also removed the back cover of the freezer and found snow-like frost (no ice) on the bottom 1/2 of thecoils (looked just like the photo above). There was ice 'pooled' up in the bottom of the freezer, but the drain hole was not plugged. There was also a pool of water in the bottom of the fridge.

The fan at the top of the freezer is blowing...but I haven't heard the fridge make any other noises the last couple of days....just the quiet hmmm from that. Ido not think I hear a compressor turn on and off.

I used a hair-dryer to takethe snow off and put it all back together...this was yesterday. Today (18 hours later) the fridge is down to 40.

A couple of questions: 1. I see two hanging wires (one white, one grey)with male terminals coming from up top and resting on the top of the cooling coils behind the back panel. They do not seem to go anywhere.- what are there and could they be part of the problem?

2. Should I give it another day to see how all works out?

3. Is there something else I should try?

I am fairly good with little 'fix-it' projects, including wiring,and would prefer saving $$ on a repair man - UNLESS this is surely one for the pros.

Thanks,

Kevin
 

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idloveaguinness wrote:
I see two hanging wires (one white, one grey)with male terminals coming from up top and resting on the top of the cooling coils behind the back panel. They do not seem to go anywhere.- what are there and could they be part of the problem?
Since you haven't told us which model of GE refrigerator you have (they're not all the same), it is impossible to say without being there ourselves to check it out. But you'd likely have to check the wiring diagram right on the fridge itself to determine what those wires are for.

JFYI. You can read about where to locate the model and serial number identification tag on your appliances at the following link:

LINK > Model Number Tag Search

Today the fridge is down to 40... Should I give it another day to see how all works out?
If it seems to be working, I don't see why not.

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Dan,

Thanks for the response!!

The model number is: TFX26KRDAWW. It is 5 years old this summer.

Where would I find the wiring diagram?

Does the fridge temp of 40 degrees seem like it's working?

Freezer: 5 (1-9)
Fridge: 7 (1-9)

Wish I had a reference temp from before the problem....

What is optimal fridge temp?
 

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idloveaguinness wrote:
Where would I find the wiring diagram?
It is often located in a small pocket, pouch or envelope behind the kickplate. On some models it may be in an envelope at the back, maybe in the compressor compartment or even pasted right on the back of the cabinet. On the very newest, electronically controlled models (not yours), inside the control panel.


Does the fridge temp of 40 degrees seem like it's working? What is optimal fridge temp?
It depends on how cold you like your beer. Anywhere from ~34°F to 42°F is usually acceptable *food* temperature in the fridge compartment. The colder the temp, the longer food will generally last.

BTW. To properly test "food temperature", place a jar, etc. 1/2 - 3/4 full of water on a middle shelf and test that water's temperature after ~12 hours. Each time you adjust the controls you'll need to wait that length of time before getting an accurate reading again.

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I have similar problem with GSS22WGMCWW

Jeff,

My GE model has the fridge side warming up. I had a service tech fix it and he blow dried the frost out in the freezer and put in a new heater and bracket. After 4 months it started failing again. I thought that the heater and bracket asm failed again so I bought a new one and replaced it myself. I thought that fixed it but 1 week later it started up again. Now I just blow dry the fridge weekly. Can you please help in diagnosing the issue?
 

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solshopping said:
Jeff,

My GE model has the fridge side warming up. I had a service tech fix it and he blow dried the frost out in the freezer and put in a new heater and bracket. After 4 months it started failing again. I thought that the heater and bracket asm failed again so I bought a new one and replaced it myself. I thought that fixed it but 1 week later it started up again. Now I just blow dry the fridge weekly. Can you please help in diagnosing the issue?
Thats very uncommon to see yours do that, is the complete evaporator coil frosted up when you defrost it?

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Jake said:
Thats very uncommon to see yours do that, is the complete evaporator coil frosted up when you defrost it?

Jake
Thanks for responding.
Yes. The whole evaporator coil is frosted.
Is there a defrost timer with this model?

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Your model has the defrost timer as part of the motherboard, This may explain the problem, i have had to change the motherboard on some of these G.E.'s due to various problems.

Check your owners guide, you may have a extended part warranty on this motherboard.

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Motherboard install

Is this easy to do? Replace the motherboard. The fridge is 4 years old. I don't have extended warranty. I guess I have to shell out 100.00$ for the motherboard.
 

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My GE fridge side also not cold enough!

I also have same problem with my GE TFX22CRDA. Couple weeks ago i defrosted evaporator coil which was covered evenly form top to bottom like snow-like frost. Today the evaporator coil had the same snow-like frost again, so i defrosted again. The fan is good and cool air is coming into the fridge side OK. But i think this will last about a week before i stop cooling again. There is no water problem. The water dispensor is working fine. Or any sign of unusual noises. So any idea would help, thank you.

P.S. My name is David.
 
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