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GE Medallion 850 refrigerater (L17FAD) is not working. All the lights are on inside but it does not cool down.

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Can you please explain the issue in detail?

Posted on Oct 05, 2008

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson Oct 05, 2008

    If there is power to the appliance but it still seems to be stopped, there may be a problem in one or more of these:

    • Wiring

    • Thermostat

    • Defrost timer

    • Compressor

    • Overload and/or relay
    If the refrigerator isn't cool, see if the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting. If not, reset it. Next, see if the compressor motor is running

    compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's
    on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. If it
    is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is still
    not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of
    several different components, we recommend contacting a qualified
    appliance repair technician for further help.

    If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these:

  • The compressor

  • The Thermostat

  • The overload, relay, or capacitor

  • The defrost timer

  • The condenser fan motor

  • Poor
    cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator
    coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

    Evaporator coils:

    cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator
    coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside
    of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence
    of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of
    the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the
    self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

    The refrigerator
    is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour
    period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails,
    the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much
    frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't
    draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling
    because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling
    in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

    Here's an
    inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is
    with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from
    the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator
    to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have
    several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip
    pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually."
    When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the
    thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools
    properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the
    self-defrosting system:

    • The defrost timer

    • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)

    • The defrost heater


    refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under
    the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get
    coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly.
    The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device
    behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator
    from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the
    Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the
    coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of
    the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the
    remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.

    it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the
    refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a
    qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem


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