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After a power failure our fridge does not switch on again.

Our General Electric 110v frost free fridge/freezer was recently repaired. However now, every time we have a power failure, although the motor works once the electricity goes back on, the fridge does not get cold and everything in the freezer defrosts. We had many parts replaced at great expense. Can anyone help by offering suggestions as to what should be repaired.

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SOURCE: freezer/fridge won't get cold enough

Madezmom, you have a defrost issue. If your model starts with 106 you more than likley have a bad defrost bi-metal, I will attach a picture of bad one. This sits on the evaporator in the freezer section behind the panel. You will have to remove the shelves and remove the back panel. Defrost the evaporator completely. The part number for the bi-metal is 2196155. See if yours is bulged like the one in the attached photo. If so, that's your problem..Catriver..post back.

Posted on Aug 28, 2006

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It could be some many things, to save time let me give you this check list:

Do what you feel qualified to do.

If you found this helpful please Vote. Good Luck!

Posted on Mar 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Refrigerator warm, freezer cold

Totally Unreasonable if you don't mind me saying so. The person who told you that story was thinking of an absorption unit more than likely.

Your proble is related to the defrost system of your refrigerator. There is a timer that automatically starts the defrost. It energizes the heaters that defrost the cooling coil. After the coil reaches a preset temperature a defrost terminator turns the heater off for the remaining time on the timer cycle. You could have a bad timer (stalled) which would not start the defrost. Locate the timer and turn the clutch head screw clockwise very SLOWLY until you hear one audible click. The defrost should take place and will be indicated by water in the drain pan under the refrigerator. If after 25 minutes it does not restart in the cooling mode turn the screw once again to the second click and replace the timer.

If the refrigerator restarts after 18-22 minutes and defrost does not take place your problem is in the heater circuit. Open heater or thermostat (termination switch)

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

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SOURCE: defrost timer location on Kenmore model 106.56542400

carry control board part#2149705

Posted on Apr 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Cant find defrost swicth on NEC fridge freezer

The defrost timer should be inside the refrigerator where the cold control is.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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