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GE side by side problem

Coils are frosted over and it will not make ice or keep the refrigerator part cold. This refrigerator is only a year old.


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  • Hepsy Dec 20, 2007

    Refrig section will only cool to 43 degrees. Freezer side is fine. Refrig is only 18 months old. No noises coming from it except for a very soft hum.

  • KHuml Feb 29, 2008

    The Freezer on My side by side works fine foods stay frozen. My refrigerator does not get cold like it should and I have turned it up all the way to 9

  • shocklin Aug 02, 2008

    Same problem. Sears has been out 6 times over 2 years, replaced "motherboard", tempersure proble, other digital parts. Works for a few weeks, then, starts over: freezer works but refrig. side warms to the 50's.

    Tried use hair dryer to defrost coils so that air will channel to the refrig side. Works slightly, but then stops.

    Sears has never responded in less than a week! Food gets lost. Next refrig will not be from Sears.



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Be sure the evaporator fan is working if not it is stuck up because this seldoms. Open evaporator coil and check the defrost heater and defrost termination switch for resistance and continuity. If both are good then the defrost timer is bad. Replace.

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Before you waste any money my advice would be to defrost the the whole lot for 24 hours and then put it on... most times this works..

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