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GE refrigerator Model TFX20D Will not cool. Tested T-Stat, Defrost Timer and thermostat on coil. Still does not cool.

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  • kap61150 Jul 24, 2009

    The compressor seems to be running, but is it running to cool? Where do I find and test the overload, relay and capacitor? The overload should be ok as I do have power to everthing except heat for defrost!

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If the refrigerator isn't cool, you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running.

First, answer these questions:

  • Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.”

  • Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.

Next, see if the compressor motor is running

The compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. If it is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is still not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of several different components, we recommend contacting a qualified appliance repair technician for further help.

If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these:

  • The compressor

  • The Thermostat

  • The overload, relay, or capacitor

  • The defrost timer

  • The condenser fan motor

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