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GE Selext TFX22GR Not cold enough, already changed timer, heaters plus

Hi, I have a TFX22GR by GE, it has been a very good unit all of these years. Anyway, recently it stopped keeping things cold enough.
I decided to learn to fix this myself. So being the freezer was cold enough, but refri is not. I have put a thermostat inside to check it. So I changed the Defrost timer (did not advance), the two heating elements (one was completely burned out) and the little button guy (I think it is a relay?). The parts are generic and not original (I am not in the USA). But I was assured these were correct parts. Anyway, after I turn on the unit it seems fine. It works great for 10 days, in fact it is alot colder than it should be, I set it to #3 in the refrigerator and it is definetly cold enough. But after 10 days, the next 5 days (15 days it has been on) it is ok, it has to be on #5 like it is supposed to be....then the next 5 days it starts getting poorer and is not cold enough, there is now ice on the back panel in the freezer, uncover the panel, it is basically a snowball. I checked the fans, they are both working, the one in the freezer and the one in the back.

What might it be? What can I do to get it workin properly. The compressor is hot, you can touch it, but not a long time. But I understand this is normal.

Thanks for any help! I am pretty stubborn! hehe

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  • beadaholic Oct 05, 2008

    Well here, not in the USA, the parts were less than $80 for it. My problem is that any appliance here is very expensive. I understand I would save money on getting a new unit, but it would be very hard for me to pay $2,000 US for a basic side by side here, when I know in the states they are less than $1,000. At least to be able to have my refri for another year or so while I save my money to get another one. I really do not have funds to purchase another one. I have a LG digital one, that is a piece of junk, it has broke down twice, almost brand new. I paid already once to have it repaired and it is sitting in a room doing nothing now, because by the time I pay again it would have paid for another new one. If I could get the LG working, that would be nice....I do have my refri's plugged into voltage regulators although I do have good electricity, but I do this just in case.



  • beadaholic Oct 05, 2008

    I am in Mexico. Unfortunately everything here (except gas) is out of this world. Appliances here are mostly imported, but I moved here 5 years ago with my household from the States...anyway I am all alone here now, and don't have a steady income, so to fix this refri is a good thing for me. At least on the temp...until I can afford another one.

  • beadaholic Oct 05, 2008

    Yes, the is the main problem, a part that cost me lets say the timer, which cost me $30 would be sold to me by the tech guy for $90 plus he would charge $300 to "fix" it. So with the 4 parts that I already have changed myself who knows how much they would have charged me. So I am doing my best to fix it myself. I do have a rudimentary understanding of the defrost system and the refri in general. Fixing things is sorta like my "gift" I learn fast.



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Hello beadaholic,

You said, you have a TFX22GR by GE, it has been a very good unit all of these years. Anyway, recently it stopped keeping things cold enough.
Thanks for any help! I am pretty stubborn! hehe

I wish I only could have told you this earlier on!

Laura, I feel you spent to much money on this very old and inefficient fridge.
I would love to help you repair it!
But I would be doing you a disservice if I advised you to put even one penny more in to your fridge.
A new fridge would pay for it self in only a few years. They are so much more efficient today!

Do not put anymore good money into bad.
Here is an article I just read that you will find interesting and to the point.

Repair or replace?

When to pull the plug on your old refrigerator

It nearly always makes sense to undertake simple do-it-yourself repairs,
such as replacing a gasket on a refrigerator or a freezer.

Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.

Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your refrigerator,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

Follow these guidelines:

When a repair makes sense.

If your refrigerator is under warranty or less than four years old (three years for top-freezers),
paying for a repair makes sense.
Note that refrigerators under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.

If your refrigerator is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
given that today's models are quieter and have added features.
Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
more efficient than those built before 1993.

When it pays to replace.

The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new refrigerator.
Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive top-freezer refrigerator
six or more years old or a bottom-freezer or side-by-side eight or more years old.

Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
of a refrigerator you replace is likely to end up in a landfill.

Please remember to enter a rating before you sign off!
God Bless, &Thank You, HUUUM

Posted on Oct 05, 2008

  • Neil Golan
    Neil Golan Oct 05, 2008

    Where are you?
    In the UK?
    You said earlier you paid, 1.5K
    Is this Sweden?
    In Sweden I know someone who may be able to help you!

  • Neil Golan
    Neil Golan Oct 05, 2008

    Now I under stand.
    Is service high there?



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