A couple days ago I noticed the ice maker quit and the fridge was a little warm as the soda pop inside was not as cool as usual. Then eventually the freezer while still cool was allowing things inside to thaw and the fridge was now not even cool. Prompted to find out what was wrong I started digging around. I noticed a couple things... The compressor was running all the time and hot and the freezer had ice formed on the outside of the back panel. Took the back panel out and had ice all over the inner coils. Took a hair dryer and defrosted the coils dried it out and plugged it back in. It started making ice again immediately but the fridge side still doesn't seem cool enough yet. Talked to a friend of mine who thinks he is a Mr Fix It and he said the timer is out but I can't find it to check it. So 3 things.... Can you tell me if you think this is the timer.... How do I check it... and where is the timer at on this model... As I look up I noticed that I am on the wrong description... This is a GE side by side TFX22CR.
Defrost timer is in the refrigerator side behind the panel where the light is located on the upper right corner. You need a straight head screw driver to turn it very slowly until you hear a click that is louder than the other clicks or until the fan stops running. I'm trying to find out how long it should be off myself. Mine went about 30 minutes. If the heaters coils are working you should be able to see them glowing through the grill at the bottom of the freezer.
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Take out all shelves and accessories that can be removed. Wash these thoroughly with a mild detergent (dish washing liquid and warm water) and rinse thoroughly. Allow them to air dry completely. * Wipe the inside walls of the refrigerator and freezer down completely with a solution of 1 quart warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Wipe the walls completely dry. * Leave the doors standing wide open. Use a fan to circulate air through the cabinets for several hours to completely dry the inside walls. After several hours, turn the fan off. * Replace the shelves in the refrigerator. Place shallow trays of one of the following deodorizers on the shelves of the refrigerator and freezer: o Baking soda o Activated carbon (used in aquarium filters, can be obtained at a pet store) o Cat litter o Fresh and unused coffee grounds (this may leave a coffee smell that would dissipate after several days) * After 24 hours, plug in the refrigerator and allow it to cool for several hours with the deodorizer still in place. Once cooled to normal operating temperature, remove the trays of deodorizer and put your food back into the refrigerator and freezer. * Keep some cereal size bowls of a deodorizer in the freezer and refrigerator cabinets for several days
Sounds like a defrost problem. First though, check your settings that they are in the correct spots where the owner's manual tells you they should be. IF that is not the issue, next, can you look in the area of the back wall of the fridge to see if the condensor coils are all iced over? You may need to remove the rear inside panel to see them. No hard, couple of screws and your there. This is most commonly caused from little people or our beloved spouse (never us!) leaving the fridge door open a smidge overnight or through the day. Another common problem is after the holidays when someone other than yourself tries to stuff the 50 pound turkey in a 20 spot leaving no room for the door to shut. As a result, the chilling function will go into hyperdrive to keep cooling and eventually ice over and become very inefficient at cooling in the fridge. Even the freezer is effected, but it is not as easy to notice. Here's what to do. Once you find the large area along the back wall of the fridge that contains the frozen over coils, you will want to unplug the fridge and get that ice out of there completely. Using hot water and a catch basin to catch the water you pour over the coils, continue this until the ice is all gone. Make sure your settings are back to normal settings as per owner's manual and plug in. Should be all better now.
the ice maker wont cycle untill the temp of the ice is around 10 degrees so if the freezer is at 15 or 20 due to some other malfunction then you will see the maker full of ice but it wont harvest and make another batch. so you could have a sensor bad, control malfunction, refrigeration issue, compressor, defrost system malfunction(you mentioned ice build up)
check you paperwork , and manual. sounds like a compressor issue, which "should" be covered by 5 year manufacture warr. reason i say "should" is hte warr's all changed jan1/06. only one year form there . but check your manual itll have the warr info in it
The compressor not working, relay switch on compressor not working Had repair man put new switch in .Last year put in new fan motor in freezer compartment the cool air was not circulating both problems made the fridge not to cool and drip water
Our 550 bottom freezer drawer froze shut earlier this week and the motor made an unusual sound, like it was working too hard. Two of us eventually were able to open the drawer to find that it had frozen shut due to a leak which filled the ice tray solid and then adhered to the actual door, freezing it shut.
We emptied the fridge and freezer, turned the control dials down to 0, but neither the motor nor the light would go off. We finally killed the circuit breaker to get the appliance to shut down.
It's cleaned and defrosted and we noticed that the gasket has torn in three places, two on the fridge door and one on the freezer door. The freezer door could be from our tugging, but the refrigerator door is normal wear and tear. We filled the tears with some kind of putty and when it is dry we will start everything up again.
This is not the first problem of this nature we have experienced with our subzero 550, but it is the most dramatic. Each previous time we have called a repair man out and he has been unable to fix it.