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Good morning, i'm working on a g.e.refrigerator, mod# GSS22SGRESS. LATELY, OUT OF THE BLUE,THE DISPLAYS ON THE TEMPERATURE CONTROL BOARD WOULD GO BLANK,AND THE F.F SIDE OF THE REFER WILL GET VERY WARM,WHILE THE FREEZER STILL SEEMS TO BE O.K. IT MUST EVEN BE TURNING ON THE INSIDE LIGHTS AS I SEE THAT THE LIGHT COVERS HAVE BURN MARKS ON THEM. THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE F.F COOLING AGAIN IS TO FIDDLE WITH THE TEMP SETTINGS AND THEN IT COMES ON BUT THEN A FEW HOURS LATER THE DISPLAYS WILL GO BLANK AGAIN AND THE F.F SIDE WARMS UP.

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  • papaduck2008 Jun 03, 2010

    this is fine information,i was hoping to narrow it down a little more, what is the circuit in the main door?i was hoping someone had come across this problem before, this is the third I.v'e heard of .I was hoping there was a quick fix for this G.E. snafu. i can't just go and replace all the boards. and also on this model I do not see any visable sensors.

  • papaduck2008 Jun 03, 2010

    by control switch i guess he means the temp select control board, any other opinions?

  • papaduck2008 Jun 03, 2010

    could i get one more opinion?

  • papaduck2008 Jun 03, 2010

    thanks very much for your help, ALL YOU GUYS. this seems to be the common opinion, im not very good at electronic controlled reefers, but am getting better, I miss the old days when friges actually lasted past their warranty.for this intermittent problem, I'll go with the control boards. wish me luck, whats the worst that could happen?....I know a junk man that pays top dollar. thanks again, FRED.

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Hi,

I am sorry to hear regarding the problem.I would first like to acknowledge the fact that this has been the main problem with GE Refrigerators.

You could Google and you would be surprised How Many People have the same Problem. Even on Fixya, there were many Questions Regarding the same issue.

The information that we could offer you would be on the basis of the Details you mentioned and without Inspecting and Testing the Board or the Components, it is not easy to Catch the Fix. One thing, i would like to mention that ' This seems to be a Board problem'.

However, If the Display goes blank, there could be 2 Possibilities ( Major ) :-

1. Control Board - This is the Board that control all the Display Functions.

2. Motherboard

I would check the control board for any obvious signs of damage to the board first. I have seen the control board go blank on the GE side by side and it turned out to be the motherboard. The motherboard is located behind a cover on the back of your refrigerator cabinet. You should have a new motherboard on hand at all times because they fail alot. Be sure to put a surge protector on your refrigerator.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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What have you done so far to troubleshoot?

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  • papaduck2008 Jun 03, 2010

    when i got there everything was working

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Hi! I believe that the control switch is faulty and will need replacement. You will need to have it replaced for its collapsing during operation. Hope this helps and have a good one!

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    Good luck on this! Have a nice day!

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There are some possibilities that has to be checked in this type of problem.As the display comes then again goes blank This indicates the problem in the circuit of main door which is getting short and showing error this results in blank display of temperature settings. The main circuit board is getting short OR the circuit board controlling the ice dispenser is fried and that is putting the main board into an error condition.Also check the ice dispenser control board connector at the bottom of the freezer door if its corroded it needs to be cleaned.As the rusted connector can be the reason of short circuit.After cleaning the connector try resetting the control board by removing power from the refrigerator wait for 5 minutes then re-connect the power and check out.Also as you mentioned that F.F side is getting warm in this problem disassemble the FF side for defrosting, cleaning, and drying. Also check the evaporator is it clean or blocked with ice and ice cubes.Also check The evaporator fan is it running fine or running but very slow.If its running slow then this can be one reason of F.F section getting warm.If every thing checks out ok then
defrost thermostat switch and defrost thermistor in the defrost system needs to be checked. But if still the same problem then See if the air damper is opening to allow the cold air into the fresh food section ( top of the FF section ).
Also check the air return back to the FZ grill ( back bottom ) is not blocked or iced over. For getting any parts for your refrigerator you can get it from on-line sites like www.repairclinic.com And www.partsselect.com. Thanks. Keep updated for any further query .You can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

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    raj somaiya Jun 03, 2010

    About your query:--
    Yes the temp select control board.That has to be checked and replaced.

    Thanks for keeping updated .

  • raj somaiya
    raj somaiya Jun 03, 2010

    Yes replacing the control board should help .The unit is having power so the problem is in the control board.Wish you luck.Thanks.

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