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GE Refrigerator, Model# TFX20JASM

12 year old side by side. Refrigerator portion is not maintain coldness. Don't have a thermometer to measure exact temp., but it definitely is loosing coldness. Freezer is fine.
What might be the solution?

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YOU CAN BUY AN INEXPENSIVE THERMOMETER AT WALMART. YOU NEED TO KNOW IF THE FREEZER IS AT 0% . IF IT IS AT O% CHECK TO SEE IF THE FAN IN THE FREEZER WHICH IS CALLED THE EVAPORATOR FAN IS RUNNING. IF NOT THIS IS THE PROBLEM.
IF FREEZER IS NOT MAINTAINING O% AND FAN IS WORKING , CHECK THE LOWER PART OF THE BACK PANEL INSIDE THE FREEZER FOR FROST,IF IT HAS FROST ON THE BACK PANEL IT IS NOT DEFROSTING.IF SO YOU HAVE 3 POSSIBLE PROBLEMS.
CHECK DEFROST TIMER FIRST,MANUALY ADVANCE UNTIL IT CLICKS.IF THE HEATER IS WORKING FROST WILL DISAPEAR IN TEN MINUTES.IF IT DOES CLEAR FROST , FRIGE WILL COME BACK ON WITHIN 30 MINUTES.IF FROST DOES NOT CLEAR , TIMER MOTOR IS BAD,REPLACE.
IF ICE REMAINES YOU HAVE A HEATER OR LIMIT CONTROL PROBLEM.LIMIT CONTROL TURNS HEATER OFF WHEN COILS REACH 40%.LIMIT CONTROL IS A SMALL ROUND BI METAL SWITCH THAT IS CLAMPED TO COOLING COIL.THIS SWITCH HAS TWO WIRES GOING TO IT.
YOU CANNOT BYPASS THIS SWITCH . IT WILL CAUSE HEATER TO OVERHEAT AND MELT YOUR REFRIGERATOR PLASTIC AND RUIN FOOD.
AS YOU CAN SEE REFRIGERATORS ARE COMPLICATED.IF YOU ARE NOT MECHANICAL,ITS BEST TO USE A TECHNICIAN.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

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