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My GE refrigerator will not cool. The fan will not operate

I have a GE profile PFSS6PKW Pantry with bottom freezer refrigerator. The freezer works fine but the fan in the refrigerator is not running. I tested it with 12 volts and the fan works fine. The front controls seem to be accurate as the feezer is set at -2. Is there some thing besides the circuit board that tells the fan when to turn on that could be defective. I would hate to buy the board and find that there is a defective sensor somewhere. Thanks, David

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  • pezulator Nov 22, 2008

    Where is the tempture relay at?

  • pezulator Nov 22, 2008

    Were is the temp relay located?

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Sir,

clean the dust off of the condensor coils.


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Some quick and easy stuff to check for is...
1) Are the interior lights shutting off when the doors are closed...2) Are the doors closing properly and the gaskets sealing as well...3)  Is the fan in the freezer running...4)  Is the condenser fan running at the back bottom of the fridge...5)  Is the condenser coils in need of cleaning

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    My fridge is running but not cold enough: Start out with the easy stuff first...make sure the lights go out when you close the door(s), make sure the doors are closing properly and the gaskets are closing fully and not torn. Check to make sure the evaporator fan in the freezer is working, this fan blows the cold air around. If the fan is not working, possible bad fan motor - check for power to the fan motor and also check the fan switches around the door openings, ( if your fridge has these switches, not all do ). A common problem cropping up in the last several years has been the air damper not opening up and allowing the cold air from the freezer to be blown into the fresh food section ( mostly on SxS refrigerators ). For many years the air damper was manually operated and now we have motorized controlled or temperature controlled or thermister and electronic boards controlling air dampers, and if this device sticks closed the FF section will normally warm up. An example picture of "one" style and an air damper ( called a diffuser by Whirlpool ). Next would be to check the condenser tubing, a good place to start is to make sure the condenser coils are not built up with dust!! Make sure the condenser fan motor is also working properly. Check for any "clicking on and off" noises from the compressor, is the compressor running.


  • smarttech Nov 22, 2008

    My fridge is running but not cold enough: Start out with the easy stuff first...make sure the lights go out when you close the door(s), make sure the doors are closing properly and the gaskets are closing fully and not torn. Check to make sure the evaporator fan in the freezer is working, this fan blows the cold air around. If the fan is not working, possible bad fan motor - check for power to the fan motor and also check the fan switches around the door openings, ( if your fridge has these switches, not all do ). A common problem cropping up in the last several years has been the air damper not opening up and allowing the cold air from the freezer to be blown into the fresh food section ( mostly on SxS refrigerators ). For many years the air damper was manually operated and now we have motorized controlled or temperature controlled or thermister and electronic boards controlling air dampers, and if this device sticks closed the FF section will normally warm up. An example picture of "one" style and an air damper ( called a diffuser by Whirlpool ). Next would be to check the condenser tubing, a good place to start is to make sure the condenser coils are not built up with dust!! Make sure the condenser fan motor is also working properly. Check for any "clicking on and off" noises from the compressor, is the compressor running.


  • smarttech Nov 22, 2008

    One new safety device added to refrigerators in the last few years has been a in-line fuse added to both sides of the defrost heater. If one of these fuses let's go, you must replace the whole defrost heater, as it comes as an assembly. If the defrost heater does not work, you should check for one of these fuses being open. Check it with a volt meter or ohm meter.
    New link from Appliance Repair Aid on how the wiring circuit works for a frost free fridge, the link is here.
    On a frost free refrigerator, the cooling coils should be in the freezer section. On a SxS style refrigerator the coils will be behind a cover on the back wall.  On a freezer on top style the coils could be behind the back wall or under the freezer floor. Removing the cover and exposing the evaporator coils could be a valuable tool. Seeing what the cooling coils looks like may help split your not cooling problem. Totally covered coils with white snow is a frost free problem. A ball of ice on the coils and the rest of the cooling coils are bare or only a few coils frosted a little and the rest are bare is an indication of a system problem. Example picture oneexample picture twoexample picture three. System problems may be a leak in the refrigeration tubing, an inefficient not 100% pumping compressor. 



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  • smarttech Nov 22, 2008

    If the refrigerator isn't cool, you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running.

    First, answer these questions:



    • Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.”



    • Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.


    Next, see if the compressor motor is running

    The 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:


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Hi,

In most designs, there would be a secondary thermostatic control that regulates how cold the fridge area would be. In effect, this thermostat triggers the fan to spin in order to increase the cold air flow. The fridge thermostat sends the signal to the control board that in turn triggers the activating device that powers and supplies the necessary voltage for the fan to operate. Often rotary Refrigerator Thermostat Control Assembly may look something like these images.

Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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If fan is ok then you need to have a check over the connection from control board to fan .

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There definitely are other components besides the board the first that comes to mind is your temperature relay switch. This send the signal that the temp has risen enough that the fan need to cycle. I recommend doing a diagnostic on the relays and switches between the fan and the board first before replacing anything major. Good Luck

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

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