Question about GE GTS22KCM Top Freezer Refrigerator

1 Answer

COMPRESSOR NOT TURNING ON

I woke up the other day to a warm refrigerator/freezer. Upon initial inspection I found an obviously filthy set of condenser coils. After cleaning them off and reassembling the back panel, I plugged the unit in and awaited the response. Condenser fan running, evaporator fan running, but no compressor. I then took the back panel back off and checked for power at the compressor- NOTHING. I then located the circuit board and obviously had power coming into the board (fans were running) Without a schematic of the board/unit it is tough for me to figure out what is going on with the compressor. It does have an overload, which may have opened since the coils were blanketed with dust and pet hair. May the overload have burnt itself out? Or did something burn on the compressor section of the board? Or am I missing something else in my self-diagnostic checks? Any help, suggestions or wiring schematics out there that I can use would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by on

  • Shane Seaman May 11, 2010

    You sound very techinically capable. Yes, I would look at the overload and starter relay which could be a combined unit, but you say that there is no power being supplied at this point. Then you need to backtrack to the pc board which should have a compressor run relay, check if there is power on the supply side of the relay and then the output.

×

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • GE Master
  • 2,792 Answers

Hello Mattpatoska,

I have no idea what your refrigerator really is...
as I attempt to research I get longer
model numbers... (USA)

Were I you... and ready to put it (frig) out of my misery..
I'd first at least try to look at the compressor...!!

Is it getting AC...??
(
really nice No contact volt tester on Amazon)
((
see below))

Should I try to ...
Open the AC (??)
(so as not to smoke the defrost/compressor control board)

and apply AC directly to PROVE/DISPROVE
your OWN hypothesis.

I would (and have the scars (experience) to
Prove it...

My big piece of advice:
Take notes & pictures of what wires go WHERE...!!


Klein Tools NCVT 3 Non Contact Voltage Tester with Flashlight Amazon com


Carnac the Magnificent

Posted on Mar 09, 2017

Ad

6 Suggested Answers

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad
  • 358 Answers

SOURCE: condenser coil fan not runningon GE pds22scrrss

The fan can rotates freely even if there's no power to it(fan probably burn out).You can check if power is going to the fan motor by folowing the two wires fron the motor picking up power from the compresor connections under a black plastic cover on the side of the compresor.If you nave power going to the fan its needs to be replaced.

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: GE TFX26KRDA WW 2001 side by side refrig/freezer w warm fridge

Cleaned the condenser coils which were dusty but not severely so. Checked the evaporator coils which were NOT iced. Reset the fridge to coldest setting and freezer to #5 (mid range of temperature) and waited a full 36 hours. Fridge temp is 40 F and freezer is about 0F. Not sure what is different except coldest setting on fridge. Warm weather is here but not warm enough to require AC. Temps in late afternoon in house about 77-80F. Any thoughts are appreciated because I suspect this problem is not completely resolved.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

Sea Breeze
  • 4654 Answers

SOURCE: Compressor & Evap. Fan both work for 12 hours then evap stops

I believe that because defrost is done by the mother control board this is why this is happening the part of the board that controls defrost is malfunctioning and the only way to resolve the problem is to replace the mother board part number WR55X10656 You can find the replacement board at these places below. Sea Breeze

http://appliancepartsse.blogspot.com/

http://appliancepartsse.blogspot.com/

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

Testimonial: "You were right, thanks for your help. The control board was bad. That is what I suspected, but I wanted a second opinion."

aasc
  • 1606 Answers

SOURCE: Refrigerator does not cool.

Ok , I'll help you .
Pull the refrig out from the wall , and unplug . Remove the 8 " X 10 " panel on the back of the refrig . Inside this panel , is the main control board .
Remove the blue plug with 3 larger wires going to it . Looking at the plug , you will see : wire1 , wire2 , space , wire3 . Get a short piece of insulated wire , and remove about 1/4 inch of insulation , from both ends . Insert 1 end of the wire , into the slot of wire2 , and the other end , into wire3 .
Plug the refrig back in .
After about 2 min , look inside the freezer , behind the bottom crisper , and look for a red glow . This glow , is the defrost heater .
If no glow , this is an indication of a shorted defrost heater , or bad defrost thermostat , both of which are located behind the rear freezer panel . Unplug the refrig , and reinstall the blue connector , and the 8 x 10 panel .
The pt # for the heater is WR51X10101 , and the part number for the defrost bimetal is WR50X10068 . Both should be replaced . The heater is at the bottom of the coils , held on by 2 screws , and the thermostat , is clipped on the top right of the coils , with a blue and pink wire going to it .
If you do see a red glow , reasemble as above , and remove the rear inside freezer panel . At the top of the coils , on the left , you will see 2 white wires attached to a 1 " piece , which is clipped to the coils . This piece is the # 4 thermistor ( evaporator thermistor ) . Pt # WR55X10025 . Also replace the # 5 thermistor , ( freezer thermistor ) which is at the bottom of the panel , slid into a holder , also with 2 white wires going to it . Both thermistors , sent readings of temp , by coldness resistance , to the main control board , which then decides if it needs to defrost , or cycle off due to coldness reached .

Posted on Oct 11, 2009

woodchuck789
  • 4070 Answers

SOURCE: We have a GE Profile

The evaporator and fan are behind the rear panel inside the freezer usually held in by a few screws up the sides.

The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle. If there is just partial icing or none on the coils, the system is low on freon and requires a tech to service.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can't flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad, it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won't turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.
You can also bypass(disconnect the two wires plugged into it and twist them together) the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

The defrost heater is located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if it's bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for voltage when it's in the defrost mode.



you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is locatedon the back in. Part 801 on this diagram. http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/GE-Parts/Refrigerator-Parts/Model-PFS22MISBWW/0432/0161000/G7090615/00002?blt=06&prst=&shdMod=

Posted on Dec 03, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Intermittent defrosting of freezer, ruining food


U must have a corroded connection somewhere if a simple bang on unit causes the compressor to turn on! Check all wiring that results in power getting to the compressor.

Jun 16, 2017 | Refrigerators

2 Answers

Frigidaire Refrigerator is warm on top of the frig and freezer but fine on bottom.


Remove the rear lower panel on the unit check to see if the compressor is hot or if its running, should feel the vibration, also listen for any clicking noises.

Oct 15, 2008 | Frigidaire FRS26H5AS Side by Side...

1 Answer

Frezzer not Keeping things Forzen. I turned up the adjustment, and left it over night to adjust to new Temperature setting. I woke this morning to find everything almost completely Thawed. Fridge seems to...


Hi,

Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing thencheck out the last two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay
Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold

heatman101

Mar 18, 2011 | Refrigerators

1 Answer

Refrigerator less than two months old. Freezer side fine refrigerator side stopped working altogether. All food ruined. Who should I contact. purchased from Home Depot.


This is a very common issue, If the freezer compartment is cold and making ice the
problem is simply airflow from the freezer into the refrigerated section.
Typically when one senses the refrigerator is warm they max out the settings
on both dials the thermostat with its 1-10 settings as well as off for the compressor.
This controls the compressor and temperature.
The additional setting or dial is for colder freezer or refrigerator as well , However
it simply opens or closes a flapper door between the freezer and refrigerator boxes.
When that dial or setting is maxed , it closes and makes the freezer colder, yet leaves the refrigerated section starved for sufficient airflow to maintain a cold box in the refrigerated section.
Just set the dial that does not turn the compressor off to the middle setting.
One can leave the thermostat that does control the compressor in the max setting , just not the colder freezer setting, If you notice colder isnt colder refrigerator, Its actually colder freezer, A common issue found on 25% of all refrigerator calls a simple setting adjustment.
Its easy to think that maxing out the settings makes for a colder refrigerator, it doesnt, it makes a colder freezer and warm rerigeration section.
If a freezer is making ice, theres nothing wrong with the unit other than airflow setting.

Add a comment

Dec 24, 2010 | Maytag Refrigerators

1 Answer

My GE TFX30PP is constantly running and doesn't turn off. The freezer is very cold but the frig side isn't cold enough. A repair guy put in a new "cold contol" sensor but it didn't help.


This is a very common issue, If the freezer compartment is cold and making ice the
problem is simply airflow from the freezer into the refrigerated section.
Typically when one senses the refrigerator is warm they max out the settings
on both dials the thermostat with its 1-10 settings as well as off for the compressor.
This controls the compressor and temperature.
The additional setting or dial is for colder freezer or refrigerator as well , However
it simply opens or closes a flapper door between the freezer and refrigerator boxes.
When that dial or setting is maxed , it closes and makes the freezer colder, yet leaves the refrigerated section starved for sufficient airflow to maintain a cold box in the refrigerated section.
Just set the dial that does not turn the compressor off to the middle setting.
One can leave the thermostat that does control the compressor in the max setting , just not the colder freezer setting, If you notice colder isnt colder refrigerator, Its actually colder freezer, A common issue found on 25% of all refrigerator calls a simple setting adjustment.
Its easy to think that maxing out the settings makes for a colder refrigerator, it doesnt, it makes a colder freezer and warm rerigeration section.
If a freezer is making ice, theres nothing wrong with the unit other than airflow setting.
I would also clesan the condenser coils off.

Add a comment

Dec 24, 2010 | GE Profile Performance 29.8 cu. ft....

1 Answer

Freezer not working


the symptoms you describe, freezer temperature rising while the fresh food section "seemed" ok, my guess is by the time you read my response, the fresh food side will be just as warm as the freezer. when the cooling pattern is similar to this, it has to do with the compressor no longer running. the compressor itself may be ok, instead the starter has failed, but i would not recommend you even attempt this yourself, as you can cause permanent damage to your compressor, property damage to your home, or electrocution hazards to your self. I would highly recommend you have a reliable refrigerator repair service at least inspect it for you.

Apr 02, 2010 | Amana ARS2464B Side by Side Refrigerator

1 Answer

My amana abd2533dew purchased in 2005 has stopped cooling.Woke up with the freezer blowing warm air,all food thawed. refrigerator temp falling fast.Service can't come for 3 days? I have an extended...


If the freezer compartment is blowing warm air, then you either have a problem with the compressor (or a freon leak) or a problem with the fan located next to the compressor (at the back of the machine).

Attached to the compressor is an overload protector, which is most likely what broke, but if you are covered by a service contract your best bet is to wait it out and let them fix it. One thing that might have caused the overload to break is too much dust on the condenser (the radiator looking thing underneath the machine, accessible from the front).


Jan 01, 2010 | Amana ABD2533DEW / ABD2533DEB / ABD2533DEQ...

1 Answer

Refridgerator acting erratic


The refrigerator/freezer defrost system can be checked by manually initiating a defrost cycle. There
are two methods of initiating the ADC Test Mode.
First Test Method:
1. Turn the thermostat off for 15 seconds.
2. Turn the thermostat on for 5 seconds.
3. Turn the thermostat off for 15 seconds.
4. Turn the thermostat on for 5 seconds.
5. Turn the thermostat off for 15 seconds.
6. Turn the thermostat on for 5 seconds.
7. Turn the thermostat off.
In 3 to 8 seconds the ADC should turn on the defrost heater (with the bimetal closed). NOTE: The test mode will terminate when the bimetal opens. If the refrigerator/freezer is already in defrost, Test Mode can be terminated by unplugging the refrigerator/freezer from the wall outlet and waiting 30 seconds before plugging it back in. The refrigerator/freezer should immediately go into cooling mode if the thermostat is closed.
If this first test procedure fails to make the ADC initiate a defrost cycle, try the following procedure to make the ADC begin the Test Mode.

May 07, 2009 | Kenmore 57029 Side by Side Refrigerator

1 Answer

Kenmore Elite refrigerator stops cooling - Relay keeps cycling


the relay on the compressor is most likely the culprit part# 8201786 you can buy it at the local sears parts and repair center it is very easy to replace it. your refrig compartment will start warming up soon. to prevent damage to your compressor probably a good idea to unplug the refrig until you get the part replaced..

Dec 17, 2007 | Refrigerators

Not finding what you are looking for?
GE GTS22KCM Top Freezer Refrigerator Logo

Related Topics:

564 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Refrigerators Experts

Sal DeAngelo

Level 3 Expert

2341 Answers

Charles T Nevin
Charles T Nevin

Level 3 Expert

4070 Answers

Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor

Level 3 Expert

16214 Answers

Are you a Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...