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I have a GE refrigerator (PSS26SSTA SS) Something is happening that is causing items in our freezer to thaw and then refreeze. We keep losing food in what appears to be a normally functioning fridge.

I have a GE refrigerator (PSS26SSTA SS) that has a temperature fluctuation problem. Most times when I go out to it, the temp is 34 degrees and the freezer temp is 1 degree, but sometimes the temp is way high and food in the freezer is all melted and food in the fridge is bad. Something is happening that is causing items in our freezer to thaw and then refreeze. We keep losing food in what appears to be a normally functioning fridge. Sorry. I had to edit the original question because I couldn't figure out how to respond such that we could have a conversation. I up-voted and down-voted responses based on those who listened and offered advice based on my particular problem, and those who knee-jerked an answer as if my question was, "My refrigerator is not working". Again... The refrigerator and freezer keeps perfect temperature. 95% of the time, when I check on it the temps are perfect. However, there is evidence that the freezer has warmed such that things had melted, then re-froze sometime in the recent past. Also I am noticing that things like milk are going bad in the refrigerator side way too soon, again indicating that it is getting warm sometimes, then re-cooling. Ocassionally I do catch it at much too warm of a temp, but me catching it in that state is rare. I do believe that it is an issue with a runaway defrost cycle. Does anyone have an idea of how to test/repair a runaway defrost cycle? And apparently I can't put line breaks in my content to make it look right.

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The compressors are rated for ambient temp. and most refrigerator compressors are rated for abour 50 degrees F

to answere your question yes the ambient temp is a problem.

And as for the Thawing, the refrigerator will go into defrost every 8 to 10 hrs and turn on the heater inside the freezer for about 30 min.

You can also cause damage to the seal system and the compressor because the oil will become slugish inside the compressor.

In other resarch I found that because of the ambient temp the freon gas (mostly the newer freon's) won't work corectly because they stay in liqued form.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010

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Sounds like a defrost problem.

Posted on May 07, 2009

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Posted on Aug 12, 2010

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Pull the refrig out from the wall , and remove the rear panel . Touch the compressor and feel if its hot or running . If the compressor is cool , then the main control board is bad ( since the compressor isn't running ) . If you can solder , you can repair the board (another paragraph ) . If the compressor is warm , then you could have a thermistor or 2 bad . This would have to be checked by a technician , unless you know how to get into the diagnostics procedure . Also , see if the compressor cooling fan is working and the black squirl cage is clean of dust .

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see if the back wall inside of freezer have ice if so you have to change tiker board or check your doors if closing

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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