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GE TFX 22CR Freezer works but not Refrigerator.

My freezer is fine (ice is frozen) but the refrigerator is not cold as it should be (milk is clumpy) I've already vacuumed all dust and looked behind the panel inside at the top. I found that the refrigerator either has no fan or the fan is not working. The only cold air is coming from the freezer side, through the channel. Do I need to remove the entire panel to find a bad fan behind it? What should I be doing to fix this? Thank you.

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  • Chuck Middaugh
    Chuck Middaugh Nov 12, 2008

    Ok, I have now removed the tall panel at the back of the freezer and found that the coils are covered with ice. I will get the hair dryer and begin to melt the ice away. If there is a fan back under the ice I'm sure it's not turning.

    There is certainly a a fan at the top of the freezer and I can feel the air moving and I can hear the fan, but the ice I mentioned above would be midway down if it exists.

    Any advice to proceed? Thank you.


  • Chuck Middaugh
    Chuck Middaugh Nov 13, 2008

    I removed the inside back panel of the freezer and used a hair dryer to melt the frost/ice. Everything is good now. The refrigerator is cooling as expected and the freezer is working as well. I imagine that the defroster had failed. It is likely a matter of time before it happens again and that will tell me that the defrost system is not working. How complicated is it to replace?

    Thanks again. (I've rated this thread as fixed even though I believe it is only a matter of time before it needs the defrost system replaced or repaired)


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If the evaporator fan isn`t working, the frig will not circulate the cold air needed from the freezer to the fresh food compartment. You will need to remove the panel and check for ice around the fan. Make sure it can turn free. If it isn`t blocked and you can turn it freely and there is voltage going to it, the fan motor has gone bad and needs to be replaced if there.

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  • Charles Caldwell Nov 12, 2008

    Ok, you have determined that the fan is working. Is the evaperator coil covered with ice or frost biuldup. The deferance would be a deferant problem. If it is ice then I would assume the defrost system is working. The ice was formed when the defrost heater melted the frost off of the evaporator and turned into water that should be leaving the freezer through a drain under the evaporator. If this drain is blocked the water will not drain and then turn into ice when the freezer turns back on. If the evaporator is full of frost ( this is distinctly differant than ice), then I would think that the defrost system is not working. The problem can be one or a combination of three things. The defrost heater, Defrost limit or the defrost timer.Determine if it is ice or frost and then we can proceed with determining the problem.

  • Charles Caldwell Nov 14, 2008

    Depending on what has failed. It can be fairly easy. If the defrost limt has failed then it is a mater of cutting two wire and removing the old one, then replacing with a good one with wire nuts and clipping it back in place. The defrost heater is a little more defacult. You must remove one, two and sometimes even three heaters from a evaporator coil ( they will be at various points on the evaporator). Your may only have one. In installing a new one you must be carefull. They come with specific instrutions in the box. Make sure you read this, The defrost timer, if bad, can be positioned in many deferent places in or on the frig. Checking it first would be a good idea since these can be expensive. These are pretty strait forword on removal and replacement. If you decide that the defrost system is the problem, Let me know and I will help you.

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