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I have a GE refrigerator model# PFS22S1SBSS. One day I noticed that my temp display was out. I called Ge and they said it was a bad motherboard and they sent me a new one at no charge. Now, the refrig started clicking, and the compressor makes a humming sound while taking 3-6 clicks to start. Everything else seems to work. GE sent me a second new motherboard that only lasted about 12 hours and the click is back again. I removed the lower rear panel and discoverd the click is coming from the small electrical box on the side of the compressor. Please help.

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  •  George Michael Smith
    George Michael Smith Nov 01, 2012

    Is your display panel still on?

  • JWKelly59
    JWKelly59 Nov 01, 2012

    Yes it is.

  • JWKelly59
    JWKelly59 Nov 01, 2012

    The display works, fan works, and lights work. The clicking did not start until after the first replacement motherboard was installed. GE then sent me a second motherboard and now the refrig is clicking again. But, the click does not come from the mother board, it comes from down by the compressor.

  •  George Michael Smith
    George Michael Smith Nov 01, 2012

    The little black box is a relay. It is used to start the compressor. Sounds like its having a hard time starting the compressor. You should replace the relay

  • JWKelly59
    JWKelly59 Nov 01, 2012

    Yes and thank you. My research has led me to a: P.T.C. + OLP ASM GE part# WR07X10097 so I'm going to give that a try.

  • JWKelly59
    JWKelly59 Nov 03, 2012

    I have now replaced the P.T.C. + OLP ASM and the capacitor connected to it, located on the side of the compressor. The refrigerator is now working properly, and the clicking has stopped.



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Replace Relay.

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Testimonial: "Going to replace the P.T.C. + OLP ASM and hope that's all it is, and that my compressor isn't bad. Thanks George."


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SOURCE: Side by side stopped working but clicling noises every second two.

Ok the motherboard is malfunctioning. Ive observed this exact problem before. Replace the board and all will be normal again. If you keep lettig it click and click it may finally kill that relay that you descibed to me or even worse the compressor itself.

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I had the same problem back in March. First the water and ice dispensers stopped working, then the clicking started and the compressor wouldn't turn on. I replaced the circuit board and everything started working again, until today. This is a very common problem with the circuit board on these refrigerators. Do a search for "GE circuit board" and you'll see what I mean. GE issued a service bulletin to its technicians that this service should be provided free of charge, and anyone who already paid to have the circuit board replaced will be reimbursed. I wish I would've known about it 6 months ago. I will be calling GE Consumer Affairs on Monday to get this resolved.

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SOURCE: clicking sound - not cooling

The problem is most likely the condenser fan motor at the back-side/bottom/right of the unit. If this fan is not turning, unplug the connector to this fan (inside the protective cover on the wires near the fan)... if the clicking stops, then this fan needs to be replaced.

What is happening is that this fan has failed but continues to draw a heavy load from the circuit board... It draws enough power from the circuit board to drop the voltage on the circuit board to 5-6 volts and the relays on the board open up and disconnect the power to the fan. The the voltage jumps back up to 12-13 volts and the relays turn back on causing the voltage to drop again and the relays to open.... ON....OFF...ON...OFF..... thus the clicking!

The exact part number for this fan may vary depending on the model and serial number of your unit... My model is GBS22K-BRBBB and the fan part is WR84X10055 and should cost $60-$70 though I have seen it being sold for as much as$130.

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