I have a GE Model 20 and it seems it is always on a defrost cycle. The comperssor and fan are always running and the fridge is hot around the outside of the freezer door. The food stays frozen. It is only hot outside the freezer around the door.
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Re: Always defrosting GE Model 20
Clean the condenser coils at the back and make sure the condenser fan by compressor is running if is not running you mightg need to call a tech to trouble shoot it or if you want repl both the motor and main board like i said you might need a tech to trouble shoot it
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The freezer fan will run as long as the unit is running. Some newer model will run the fan at a low speed unless it needs a quick chill mode such as leaving the door open too long, but for the most part the freezer fan is only shut off by the thermostat and defrost timer.
Without your model number this is quite generic but should help you troubleshoot.
- Feel the face of the cabinet where the doors close. It should be warm but not HOT to the touch. If you note that the cabinet is hot in the door gasket area open the back of the unit and clean out the condenser coils. Make sure the condenser fan is running. The fan should be running any time the compressor is running.
- Look in the very back of the freezer compartment for signs of frost or ice build up. If you note this condition it is a result of the automatic defrost cycle / componenets not working. The components of the defrost cycle are the defrost control, (main board on some GE units), the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat or thermistor depending upon model. One of these components or wiring has failed.
- Can you hear the compressor running?
NO: The possible causes are:
The PTC / KilXon Thermal overload mounted on the side of the compressor.
The Run capacitor
Main control board
Defrost cycle not complete (caused by a bad thermostat or thermistor) What will happen is the unit would go into defrost and never restart. Additionally the defrost heater can remain on.
Temperature control malfunction
The fan in the freezer compartment is supposed to be on any time the compressor is running.
If the compressor is running and the evaporator fan is not running you need to find out why. It can be stopped from ice build up locking the fan blades in place, a bad motor or a wiring problem to the fan.
Lastly... if all the coils are clear, the fans and compressor are running.. the unit can be low on coolant. Low coolant problems are always a result of a tubing. fitting or compressor leak. Most compressor leaks are found right at the PTC / Overload connection area. A leak is easily identified by an oil residue surround the area of a leak. I use a kleenex or paper towel to GRASP but not wipe suspected areas and look for oil on the tissues. If you find oil... you found your leak.
Look inside the fresh food compartment and behind the control panel and there should be a defrost timer. Part number WR9X489 and that is the only reason that I can think of that would keep the fan running all the time. What I think is the contacts that normally open to let the freezer defrost are fused or welded themselves together. If compressor cycles and temperatures are OK (safe) that leads me to that needing replaced. I will look for the wiring diagram for your model but have found it hard to really get those answers from GE. But most timers are universal as long as the time of defrost and hours between are correct, Let me know, Thanks Sea Breeze
With that model that is a sign that defrost is not happening on time or the beginning of the problem. Temperatures in fresh food compartment above 38 are not safe. Look into the back of the freezer compartment and let me know if you see a frost line buildup. If yes it would be a good idea to manually defrost the freezer so you can remove the rear panel and check the defrost heater and defrost thermostat. It's also important that with this model that the problem be resolved quickly. I can help you if you want. The defrost heater will be easy to see if burned out because it has a glass tube around the heating element. If you replace the defrost heater you should also change the defrost thermostat. Fan motors going bad on that refrigerator seem to always damage the control board and if the board is replaced the the fan motor should also. Let me know if you want me to help you, Thanks, Sea Breeze
Freezer defrosted everything fan continues to run but will not freeze. Compressor is cycling enough to keep refigerator section cold. 106 Series Kenmore. Turned up thermostat to keep fridge cold and a shorter intermittent compressor cycle run
sounds like your thermostat is faulty
the thermostat reads the temperature of the cabinet and controls the temperature
the 1 thing to check on the uprights is the evaporator is in the freezer and that makes the cool then there is a fan that blows the air around the fridge and freezer to freeze things
now there is a cycle that hapens to cycle usualy every 12 hours and that is the defrost cycle
this cycle turns off the compressor and fan turns on an defrost element on the evaporator and heats up the coils to get rid of the ice
the ice turns to water and runs through a drain to a evaporator tray and when the cycle is finished the fridge stars up again and goes into the cooling state again
when the thermostat decides that the fridge is cold enough it turns of the compressor and so on it goes through the cycles as required
if the drai is blocked or the defrost system is not working the evaporator will get choked with ice and the fan will not beable to let air through to cool things off