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Not cooling properly GE TFX20JR

Fridge and freezer are not cooling properly

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  • jbaita Jun 19, 2009

    there was no crackling or sizzling in the freezer, also i do not beleive the compressor started back up.

    Please advise! thank you



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Your refrigerator has a defrost thermostat inside the fresh food section behind the light cover and control panel. Need you to turn it clockwise slowly until the compressor stops. Leave it like that and after 30 minutes or less it does not restart you will need to replace the timer. The defrost timer is part number WR9X489
You should hear sounds from freezer with door open like sizzling or crackling. That would be the defrost working. If there is no defrost during this time. let me know so we can look into the defrost element and defrost thermostat as possible problems. Visit my site and enter the model or part number into search feature. That takes you to your model. Any questions or help from me, just let me know, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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  • John Tripp
    John Tripp Jun 19, 2009

    OK, still the timer should turn the refrigerator back on. You can turn it again until the compressor starts. The thing is I do think there is a problem with the timer. The clock should cycle the defrost every 8 to 10 hours and be in defrost for about 20 minutes. If you feel the timer is OK then we need to have a look at the defrost element inside the back panel of freezer. Unplug the refrigerator before working on the electrical parts. Want you to check the defrost heater by removing one wire and check the continuity between the two ends of the heater. Look at the defrost element for signs of deformity. After the freezer reaches 50 degrees the contacts in the defrost thermostat open and you will not show any continuity through it unless it is near freezing while testing withe an ohm meter or multimeter. Let me know next what you find. Or if you have more questions I'm here if you need me. Thanks Sea Breeze



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