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Re: GE top freezer refrigerator
The air flow vents must be blocked. The refrigerator cools from the freezer through those vents, it does not cool independently. They may be clogged in the case with ice. Turn the fridge off and leave doors open for a few hours to let it thaw and it will probably start working.
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Your evaporator fan is probably not running. Another thing to check is your freezer port to fresh food side. If you freezer is blocking the air flow your fresh food side will not cool. Find the vent to fresh food side and see if you have air flow, if no air flow you need a new evaporator fan.
Good day, All cooling comes from the freezer compartment. There is a supply vent connecting the top of the freezer to supply some cold air from the freezer thru the opening on the top connecting the freezer compartment to the fridge side. As well there is a second opening or return chute located in the fresh food section on the bottom lower half, that allows air to return the air back to the freezer, completing the air flow cycle.In almost all cases, the return chute going from the fresh food section to the freezer compartment has become blocked. Usually iced up. It will ned to be completely defrosted. Many times, the return chute is difficult to see and in many cases almost impossible to defrost easily. If you can see the blockage, then it can be defrosted with the gentle use of a hair dryer. However, if too difficult to access, you may need to open both doors and leave the machine unplugged for an extended period, usually 12 to 24 hours.
I know it's a pain, but sometimes necessary. Many times, rushing a refrigerator repair is impossible. The reaon it works when you open the doors is, you have given the machine a secondary source of air from the room.
you probably have a bad circulation fan in the freezer compartment. its circulates the air from the freezer to the refrigerator compartment which cools the refrigerator portion of the unit. if you don't hear it running , the fan blades are either stuck on ice or the motor is burned out and you'll have to replace it .
This problem appears in spades this time of year, every year.
The problem becomes more severe when the temperatures in the house cools down and is made even worse if the usage of the machine becomes lighter.
It occurs when the machine is off, not on.
There is an open vent, near the bottom, between the freezer compartment and the fresh food compartment. This opening or vent is necessary when the machine is running, so that the air pumped into the top of the fresh food section, can return to the freezer compartment. This is by design.
When the machine is off, the zero degree air from the freezer compartment. can drift into the fresh food compartmnet and drop the temps near the bottom to below freezing.
Off time increases substantialy at this time of year.
Some have even recommended turning the controls colder to offset the problem, but I've no proof it works well, or even a little.
SXS and top freezer models experience it more than bottom freezer models.
The fresh food compartment is cooled by air being blown from the freezer compartment into the fresh food compartment. Something is restricting that air flow which causes your fresh food compartment to stay warm.
There is a panel, or door if you will, that separates the freezer and fresh food compartments. The freezer temp control determines how much cold air is allowed to escape into the fresh food compartment by opening or closing this panel.
If the panel is restricted from moving (stuck closed, for example), the freezer will get VERY cold while the fresh food compartment will be warm.
Try thoroughly defrosting the refrigerator. Possibly an accumulation of ice is preventing the panel from moving and/or is restricting air flow from the freezer to the fresh food compartment. It's a free fix and may solve your problem altogether.
If that doesn't help, or helps only temporarily, you may have a problem with panel itself or the linkage that connects it to the control mechanism. Unless you're skilled in appliance repair, checking and repairing these components will require the help of a service technician
Is it all areas of the fresh food side that are freezing your items, or is it the drawer area?
There is a direct connection (on my GE side-by-side, at least) between the freezer compartment and the drawers in the fresh food compartment. The size of the connection is controlled with a wheel or a slider. This could contribute to freezing in that area of the fresh food compartment.
Otherwise, it could be the temp sensor(s) in the fresh food compartment. If the computer thinks the temp is too high in the fresh food compartment, it will continue to cool.
It could be a problem with the motorized door that connects the freezer compartment to the fresh food compartment, located at the top of the dividing wall between the compartment. That door should close when the temp in the fresh food compartment is cold enough. If that door mechanism has failed, is disconnected, or otherwise blocked in the open position, cold air from the freezer compartment will continue to circulate into the fresh food compartment.
many times when a unit has a defrost problem the coils freeze up and do not allow the fresh food side to cool properly...check for a build up of ice on the inside back wall of the freezer compartment. if there is a build up of ice, you have a defrost problem. Also, check to make sure the evaporator fan in the freezer is blowing the air into the fresh food side.
Check to see if the vents between the refrigerator and freezer are blocked. Or check to see if the fan is running (the evap fan motor in the back of the freezer) You may have a defrost problem if the vents aren't plugged.