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My GE side by side refrigerator quit working.

I have a GE Model #GSS22KGMD, side by side refrigerator (about 7 years old) that recently stopped working. The water dispensor quit working, then the ice maker stopped, then the top of fridge stopped getting cold. The fan, condenser, compressor were all still working. I cleaned out the fan and let it dry out for a few days (coils in freezer were frozen). After letting it dry out for a couple of days, it started to work again, but then the exact same thing happened again. I thought maybe I did not keep it unplugged long enough for the ice to melt off the coils (they are behind a panel in the freezer, so you can't see them). I am trying again to do the same thing, but someone mentioned that the refrigerant may be low which is causing problem. I work in the automotive industry, and can easily get R134A refrigerant (they actually sell it for vehicles in cans with sealer and refrigerant together for people to fix their vehicle's air conditioners themselves). I just don't see where the adapter is to fill the compressor/condenser?). Anyone with any advice?

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    I have the exact same problem. How ironic that I have also had mine for 7 years.

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The automatic defrost system is not working. All frost-free machines have a heater in the freezer to melt the frost away on a timed schedule. Every day or two the defrost cycle is initiated by the defrost timer. A heater melts the frost, then the cooling system is turned back on.

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The compressor is locked up. Basically it is stuck. You can pick up at the local appliance parts store a hard start relay, Home Depot ,Lowes, or or those guys wont have it. Its not too expensive and is worth trying because your only other option is you need to replace the compressor. The part is called a kick start or hard start, the guy at the parts store will know what you are talking about. It is simple to connect and has the wiring directions on it. Sometimes this is all it takes. I have been able to get a stuck compressor to go by placing a short 2x4 on it and whack it with a hammer a few times. This is only a temporary fix though, as it will eventually lock up again, but emergency situation this saved the food. If the fridge has a fan back there make sure it works too, it may have been the original cause. Good luck.

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SOURCE: GE side by side refrigerator. Fridge side not cooling - help!

Hi, they have changed lots of parts, were they defected, did they tested parts for faults or they just change parts, because it's available, there's always a reason why a certain part, go bad. so far you change most of parts in ref. check refrigerant (gas, freon) pressure, check compressor, for faulty suction and high side valve, it's possible your compressor loosing efficiency. or say if compressor normally pump 50 psi. now it's pumping 40 psi. is the refrigeration cycle balance ? is there restriction in your ref. system? is compressor running long enough? plug on ref. let it run for 1hr, listen to compressor for any clicking sound, fans and everything else could be working, be compressor not, compressor could be short cycling (not working long enough) also check voltage in receptacle(outlet) with digital multi-tester, get accurate voltage reading, let me know, could also be a faulty circuit breaker in house (building) not your ref. let me know, system could have very slow refrigerant leak, you could have a very small (slow) gas leak, that's why your refrigerator get hot first, then your freezer, there's a condensate line (loop) that passes through, ref body, close to doors to prevent door gasket from freezing, after few years sometimes develope leaks, cause by rusting. it's very possible there could be small leak in your system. let me know what happened.good luck.

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Is there anything obstructing the fan area, ice build up ? It is normal for your freezer to get warm if evap fan is not working, it is essential for it to work :) A defrost cycle should kick on a timer or as needed (adaptive) and there should not be excessive frost buildup that it blocks your evap fan. I would have suggested you unplug your refrigerator for about 10 minutes and see if that resets your control board - if not, then you will need service - either replacing motor assembly or a faulty control board.

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