GE GSS20IEMB SIDE BY SIDE, Noticed upper half of freezer and fresh food department not as cold as lower half for a couple of days, then heard a loud grinding noise in freezer, near evaporator fan. Then noise quit and fan stopped running. Replaced evaporator fan motor, but that did not solve the problem. Fan still not running, and now defrost heater tube dark gray/black. Just replaced that two years ago. Now, I have not idea what the problem could be. Almost ready to throw the whole refrigerator in the junk heap. Can't afford a new frig. at this time.
If you live in a humid area, I'll bet ice buildup is screwing with the air flow. I have a similar, but less intense problem. So in my case, simply unplugging the fridge and letting all the hidden internal ice melt solves it for several months. GE sells a "moisture kit" which I refuse to buy, since it's $340! Plus, I doubt it will fix anything. Good luck!
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Side by Side ModelsIf foods, such as fruits and vegetables, in the refrigerator are freezing, it can be caused by several things. First, check the controls. They should be set at "C" and "5" or "5" and "5". The proper fresh food temperature is between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit. The freezer should be between 0 and 8 degrees Fahrenheit.
If food in the bottom of the refrigerator is freezing, this could be caused by a refrigerator not having enough food to absorb the cold air.
If food in the door is freezing, move the door bins up or down so they are one notch away from freezer vents (Side by Side models only).
The fresh food control should be at the normal setting of 5.
Freezer on Top Models First, check the controls. They should be set at "C" and "5" or "5" and "5". The proper fresh food temperature is between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenehit. The freezer should be between 0 and 8 degrees Fahrenheit.
Since the cold air coming into the fresh food section originates in the freezer above, the rear of the top shelf will be the coldest spot in the fresh food area. Avoid placing delicate items that freeze easily on the back half of this shelf.
If food is freezing in the produce (fruits and vegetables) or meat pan, it may be that the temperature controls are not set high enough. Since cold air naturally falls, the pans can get too cold if the refrigerator is not running long enough to maintain good air circulation. Adjust both controls up one notch.
Hello, If the lower section of the freezer is whats freezing and not the upper portion, or fresh food section,what you need to check is the fan in the freezer to see if its running to circulate the cold air
Good day, Doesn't have one. It functions thru a motherboard mounted on the bottom back rear of the machine. Normally 5 thermistors are used (3 in the freezer 2 in the fresh food compartment) to operate the machine. Defrosting cycles are controlled by the motherboard with the input as well from compressor running time and the number of door openings.
Is food freezing in the rest of the fresh food side as well, or just the food in the lower half, like in the crispers. if its freezing everywhere in the fresh food section, you have a bad cold control most likely, without knowing the type or brand, i cant be 100%. If its a GE, you could have a different issue, but most any other brand will be a bad cold control.
If the food is only freezing in the lower half, then your evaporator fan motor is likely the problem, located in the freezer
* the "damper control assembly", which is located in the upper left side of the fresh food compartment. This control regulates the amount of cold air originating from the freezer compartment that enters the fresh food compartment.
* there may be an issue with the "fresh food temperature control assembly"
Check the temperature settings in the fresh food compartment (should be located up front). I recommend the "one-half way mark" for both freezer and fresh food compartments.
In my GE side-by-side refrigerator (model number GSS20IEMDWW), there is a motor-controlled flapper door between the freezer and fresh food side. Cold air from the freezer side cools the fresh food side when that flapper door is open.
It is located at the top of the fresh food side on the dividing wall between the fresh food side and the freezer. If this is blocked with something (large left-over container, soft drink bottles, etc), it _may_ be enough to prevent sufficient cooling of the fresh food side.
Of course, there may be a more serious problem with the flapper door mechanism or the control unit that signals the flapper door to open/close.
The vegetable and deli drawers may have a small opening (manually controlled with a wheel or a slider of some sort) that connects those drawers to the freezer side, thus explaining how those areas are still functioning as expected.
First, when the refrigerator is running, open the freezer door and hold in the light switch so the freezer light goes out. You should be able to hear the freezer (evaporator) fan running. If it is running, then you most likely have a problem with the air damper. It is a motorized door in the very upper left side, back corner, of the fresh foods section. The door needs to be open for air to flow into the refrigerator section. If you place your hand near the vent holes at the upper refrigerator section and the freezer fan is running, FF section warm, you should feel cold air entering. If not, the damper door may have broken. It is not real easy to get at to replace, but that is where your problem may be. Be sure to check the freezer fan first, as a non-working icemaker may point in that direction.
Hi, Change the controls back to normal settings. Make sure the freezer is getting 0 to 5 above. If the freezer is getting cold enough, try and turn the cold control to 1 and see if the refrigerator shuts off. It sounds like the cold control in not working properly and will need to be replaced. NOTE: The freezer temp has to be right temp or the fresh food side will not work proper. I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can assist you further.
If the fan is no coming on inside the freezer this will need to be fixed soon. Both fans upper and lower must run while compressor runs. Inside the fresh food compartment close the damper on bottom left side next to the paned drawer. If this does not help send more cold air to the top let me know as there could be something else causing the dampers not to open and close properly.
Thanks, Sea Breeze