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There are a few reasons why the refrigerator part will not cool...here are a couple of tips that will help you to figure out why the refrigerantor is not cooling...

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Have a ge model # GTH21KBXAWW. The freezer works fine. The bottom half does not keep cold.


Freezer is cold but refrigerator is warm
  1. Evaporator coils are frosted over
If your issue is that the freezer is cold but the refrigerator is not as cold as it should be, the first step is to check the defrost system for problems. A key indicator in determining if perhaps you have a refrigeration defrost problem is visible frost on the evaporator coils. If your unit has frost you will need to check your defrost heater assembly, the defrost control, and the evaporator fan motor for a malfunction. Replace any erroneous parts as necessary.
  1. Damper
If your issue is that the freezer is cold but the refrigerator is not as cold as it should be, the damper door could be broken or jammed. The damper is a door that opens and closes to allow cool air to flow from the freezer into the refrigerator unit, and if it fails to operate correctly, not enough cold air will enter the refrigerator to keep it cold. The damper can be replaced if it is no longer operating properly.
  1. Thermistor
If your issue is that the freezer is cold but the refrigerator is not as cold as it should be, the thermistor connected to the control board might be defective. The thermistor is a sensor that examines the temperature inside the unit. If the part is defective, the refrigerator could not cool properly.
  1. Temperature control board
If your issue is that the freezer is cold but the refrigerator is not as cold as it should be, the temperature control board could be at fault. The temperature control board distributes voltage to the fan motors and compressor to keep them functioning. This board is very often misdiagnosed as the culpable cause and it is recommended to proceed with the troubleshooting process of elimination prior to replacing this part.
  1. Defrost thermostat
Another issue that can cause your freezer to be cold while the refrigerator is not as cold as it should be is the defrost thermostat. In order for the defrost heater to activate to melt away any excessive frosting on the evaporator coils, the defrost thermostat must sense that the temperature is cold enough to activate the defrost heater. Without this continuous cycle, the frost will excessively build up on the coils and prevent proper air flow inside the unit. The defrost thermostat can be checked for continuity with an ohm meter; if it's not present, the thermostat will need to be replaced.
  1. Main control board
A possible cause for a freezer that's cold but refrigerator that's not as cold as it should be is the main control board. The main control board acts as a "brain" for the unit, controlling the defrost cycle, compressor, and run time. However, it is an uncommon cause for this issue. This board is very often misdiagnosed as the culpable cause and it is recommended to proceed with the troubleshooting process of elimination prior to replacing this part.

Feb 25, 2015 | GE Refrigerators

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Freezer is working but fridge will not cool


Is there frost on back wall of freezer? If so it's not defrosting. I would check the defrost terminater first. It's round with 2 wires coming from it. It's mounted on top right of coils. Look to see if it looks like the plastic top is coming off. If so replace it. You may have to melt frost to access it. You can disconnect it and check with ohm meter. Should show closed circuit when it's cold.

Jun 10, 2010 | Amana ABB1927DE Bottom Freezer...

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The freezer is cold but the refrigerator section is not getting cold...it is not warm but not cold according to the dial settings


check the operation of the damper door between the freezer/refrigerator section which lets cold from freezer into refrige compartment for ice build-up which will cause damper door to not open fully and cool the refrige compartment,if this is the problem,unplug the door ans remove and let thaw then replace and try it then

Jan 09, 2010 | Kenmore 64802 Top Freezer Refrigerator

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Ice jams up the worm at the bottom of the icecube dispenser and the worm does not move the ice and ice jams in the crusher part.


Try turning the temperature down on your freezer one number. Sometimes if it is not cold enough, the cubes can stick together and cause a clog.

Sep 13, 2009 | Admiral 26 cu. ft. Side-By-Side...

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Freezer works, frig does not. Also ice build up in freezer coil


I just worked on a FF801W which is supposed to be very similar. The defrost heater in mine was of the glass tube type and located under the evaporator. There was a bimetal thermostat clipped to the top of the evaporator and a thermal fuse (sealed in a clear plastic tube) nearby. The connections were behind a little plastic cover (2 screws) in the back wall just above the evaporator.

Mine was iced up like yours and I had to defrost it with a hair dryer. All the defrosting parts in the freezer compartment turned out to work so I now suspect the defrost timer (down by the compressor). I've marked it and I'm waiting to see if it's turning.

Mar 23, 2009 | Avanti FF1101W Top Freezer Refrigerator

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Replaced the defrost heater but does not seem to working correctl


check the fan above the freezer coils (evaporator fan) and the defrost thermostat (located on the top of the coils), some fans won't run intill the defrost t'stat cools.

Dec 19, 2008 | Kenmore 53542 / 53544 Side by Side...

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Hotpoint rfa18 Fridge Freezer


Is the back wall full of frost? If so you have a defrost problem, most likely the defrost is stuck in the run mode. this is located above the controls area in the fridge. 

Nov 14, 2008 | Hotpoint FFA90 Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

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My Beaumark Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Doesn't Work


problem is probably that the evaporator is frozen up preventing circulation of air and the fan is jammed with ice.
remove the back panel inside the freezer. melt off the ice with a hairdryer taking care not to heat up any stats mounted on the pipework.
appliance will now work but this is a temporary repair. you must find out the cause of the ice build-up ie why not defrosting.
for starters, check the defrost heater and the thermal cut-out inseries with it.
let me know how you get on and what you find. make sure the fan is free to rotate.
tresilla

Nov 05, 2008 | Refrigerators

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