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GE Refrig runs short time and shuts off

We have a 5 year old GE fridge that recently began acting up. It will run only about 5 minutes, regardless of thermostat setting, then shuts off. The evaporator coils are clean, the compressor barely even warms up before shutting off. The freezer circulation fan continues to run. I suspect the main control board since blogs suggest that they frequently fail.

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  • nixamousa Apr 12, 2008

    This a top freezer model.

  • robert samples May 11, 2010

    is this a top mount freezer or a sxs

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Could be a sensor, 6 dollars, could be the mother board, could be the compressor or overload, could be encoder board i would call factory service, some of these parts are high dollar

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