Internal temp of fridge and freezer are different from bottom top
I picked up a used GE side by side fridge (Aproximatley 1993), after a major cleaning I plugged it in and let it run for a day. Now in the freezer the temp at the bottom is 5 degrees and froze a bottle of water, the temp at the top of the freezer is 60 and the bottle of water at the top is reading 55 degrees. The fridge is 32 at the bottom and 70 at the top, I measured this by both aiming a lazer themometer at the sides as well as using bottles of water placed at different levels. The setting for the freezer is at 9 and the fridge I just upped from 5 to 7.
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Make sure the two vents from the top of the fridge that run into the freezer are not blocked or obstructed in anyway, that's what the problem was in ours. Also do not allow ice to build up on the vents in the freezer.
You probably have a sensor issues there are two one for the freezer one for the frig. Check your freezer temp it should be at 0 degress at manufactor setting. If the temp is below -10 you freezer sensor is bad. Otherwise your frig sensor is bad. CHECK FREEZER FIRST!!!
unlikely both temp.sensors will be faulty at the same time. Notice how different the internal temps.are compared to the acurate one you are measuring it against. Almost certain board is defective because incorrect info in the processor will tell the compressor/s to switch off before time.(hence not correct temp. all the time.) Suggest replacement.I normally replace probes as well to eliminate problems later..
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.
I opened the bottom panel at the back of the fridge and cleaned the coil because it was completely covered with dust and lints and less than an hour later the fridge side temp started going down and the freezer took five hours for the temp to start going down when we didn't open it for that much time. It's back to factory setting now and thanks for the blogs that I read that I was able to try different possibilities. Your site is very helpful.
The defrost function on your refrigerator has malfunctioned. It is a possibility that That it could be the heating element, the temp sensor, or the main board. I am posting a couple of videos to help you out.
This next video will show you a defrost issue in a top bottom fridge and explain how a refrigerator functions. Now all fridges function on the same principle on cooling and defrosting however the only difference you will usually find is location of the coil whether it is a side by side or freezer on the bottom.
How old is this frig? If it is older that 12-15 years, get a new one. Make sure there is not blockage to keep the air from circulating properly. The vent from the freezer to the cooler should also be free from blockage as well.