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Freezer is ice cold, fridge won't cool lower than 42*

Ge tfx24rh frost free fridge that is set on mid settings most of the time. noticed that the beer was slightly warmer than normal, so turned it colder and it's still warm. the freezer is a cool 28-29 degrees. Fridge won't cool lower than 42-43 on highest setting. Any ideas? I haven't been able to find any diagrams or other troubleshooting info. If you can offer any tips, it's greatly appreciated. chris_coulter2000@yahoo.com

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  • chris_coulte Apr 23, 2009

    about 1/2 hr into defrosting now, will post what I find shortly. Thanks

  • chris_coulte Apr 23, 2009

    all defrosted, the coils were covered in ice and frost. the entire compartment behind the panel was near solid. I think the heaters are shot. I think due to the age of this unit and it being used when I got it, I'm going to see if it will cool the fridge down now and then buy a new one asap.

  • chris_coulte Apr 23, 2009

    measure continuity across the thermostat and now open when thawed and warm. Appreciate the help and any other tips that may come in handy.

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Sounds like it's not defrosting, so unplug open freezer back panel and use a hair dryer to melt ice from evaporator coil. Your refrigerator has a defrost timer on bottom near floor, but if freezer is frozen we need to defrost it so we can make sure there is not some other problem. Let me know when you are ready, Sea Breeze

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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    John Tripp Apr 23, 2009

    OK so the defrost heater/element is bad? You're going to purchase another refrigerator? You need to remove one wire from the element and check through the element only. The defrost thermostat will be open at 50 degree all the time so testing it will need to be done while cold. I think its possible if element is good then defrost timer or thermostat is bad.

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