Question about GE GSL25LGTBS 25.4 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator w/ Dispenser & External Controls: CleanSteel

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Fridge and freezer suddenly not working only 1.5 yrs old

It did this once before and started working again. No water comes out of dispenser and the freezer and fridge have suddenly stopped cooling. Had service appt set and after 2 or 3 days, it started working again. It has power bcs the lights are on. Changed water filter so it is new and it's getting water to it. Solutions?

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  • alphawolf59 Mar 07, 2008

    It makes a sound. You can hear a whirrr noise when you put your ear up to the fridge.

  • alphawolf59 Mar 08, 2008

    I don't see a drain. There is the line from the water to the water filter and then one that runs down from that to the lower left had corner. Then another line runs from the lower left hand corner up to the area where the ice maker is. Everything else has a cover on it.

  • alphawolf59 Mar 08, 2008

    The drain can keep the freezer and refrigerator both from not cooling?

  • alphawolf59 Mar 08, 2008

    I couldn't get the tubing loose, however I did remove the paper cover and found the fan and the compressor. The fan is working fine, although the compressor feels very hot and the copper tubing coming off it and going to the freezer is not cold, cool not cold. I did find a drain back there also that did have a little water in it. I think the compressor is bad.

  • alphawolf59 Mar 08, 2008

    There is a small amount of frost in the freezer. Your other explanations make sense. I just can't figure out why it stopped before and then after a couple of days started working again. It might be the computer board. It seems these models do have that problem. I know how much a compressor runs, how about the board?

  • alphawolf59 Mar 08, 2008

    Is that the copper tubing coming off the compressor? If so, they are not covered in frost. If not, where are they? Under the big cover on the back?

  • alphawolf59 Mar 08, 2008

    Nope, no frost on the copper tubing. Shoot it might be both the compressor and the ADCB.

  • alphawolf59 Mar 08, 2008

    Ok, should I unplug it so it won't ruin the motor or the fan? If not, OK. Thanks for all of your help and time too.


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I guess the culprit in this case is the compressor.. Do you hear a sound when you are near the refrigirator.. it will be like a fan rotating at a high speed...

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    eagle338 Mar 07, 2008

    Its enclosed in a black case behind the fridge..

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    eagle338 Mar 07, 2008

    Ok.. in that case i would suspect that the drain pipe is blocked.. disconnect it from behind the fridge and pour luke warm water into the drain pipe.. do this continously until the water you pour from the top is able to reach the other end of the drain pipe.. try this and let me know so that we can proceed further..

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    eagle338 Mar 08, 2008

    the line runs from the lower left hand corner up to the area where the ice maker is, is the drain pipe. i suspect this is blocked by something and hence the cooling is not occuring..

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    eagle338 Mar 08, 2008

    yes the cool air moves up into the freezing compartment through this and then circulates into the refrigerator. Thats why your freezer is always cooler than the rest of the refrigerator..

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    eagle338 Mar 08, 2008

    I have also heard that the defrost control board (ADCB) is a problematic in this model.. If the cleaning doesn't work then it means that it is a problem with the ADCB and you will have to get it replaced.. also can you tell me if there is any frost present on the cooling coils are covered in frost?

  • eagle338
    eagle338 Mar 08, 2008

    Ok.. before we conclude that the compressor is faulty just check if the cooling coils are covered in frost.. If this is not the case then it means that the compressor is faulty...

  • eagle338
    eagle338 Mar 08, 2008

    The ADCB(Adaptive Defrost Control Board) should run you about 40-45$. If you want to replace it yourself then make sure that you turn the power off before attempting as the high operation voltage will be too dangerous... I would advice you get it replaced by a tech anyways as it will cost you just about 20$ for the labor.

  • eagle338
    eagle338 Mar 08, 2008

    yes that copper tubing are the cooling coils.. Did you notice any frost on them?

  • eagle338
    eagle338 Mar 08, 2008

    nope.. its only the compressor.. A faulty ADCB will also lead to frost on the cooling coils.. hence its your compressor thats faulty.. You have to get it replaced..


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