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I just bought a pretty old, used GE fridge. (It's a freezer on top model.) The fridge is cold but the freezer isn't cold enough. It just barely makes ice part of the time. Ice cream defrosts and bread doesn't get all the way frozen. It's been plugged in about a week. I don't see any frost inside the fridge or freezer. What's wrong, and how can I fix it. (I'm an unemployed single mom, and will need to fix it myself. I'm pretty handy, and pretty determined.) Thank you!

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Hi,

As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.


If your refrigerator is running but warm, then…


Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4024657-refrigerator_condenser_coil_cleaning

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor
http://www.fixya.com/support/r3885294-refrigerator_troubleshooting

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4023749-refrigerator_compressor_start_capacitor

heatman101

Posted on Aug 24, 2010

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  • k_dnoble Aug 24, 2010

    My FRIDGE is cold enough. But my FREEZER is too warm. Also, my fridge is so old I have all the black pipe-stuff on the back of the fridge (which gets really hot). This doesn't match any of the symptoms I've read about. When I first got the fridge home and plugged it in, it would click and turn on for a sec, then turn off. But the stuff in the fridge is ice-cold now. What's going on?
    Help!

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Aug 24, 2010

    okay,the black pipe stuff is the part that disapates the heat... this needs to be able to breath and the air needs to be able to move around it..

    As far as the freezer goes... if the compressor is shutting down, then set the thermostat for the freezer colder...and then warmer a bit on the fridge part...this will take some adjusting and playing around to get it right... just move the dials 1 number at a time till and give a day between reset for things to level out...

    If the compressor is never shutting down then you are probably low on gas(freon) and to recharge that takes know how and special equipment...



    heatman101

  • k_dnoble Aug 24, 2010

    1. It's always humming and never stops. Does this mean the compressor is never shutting down? Should there be times when it's quiet?
    2. I also poked around and realized I'm getting ice on the ceiling of the fridge, and a little on the floor of the freezer. I took the freezer floor out, in search of evaporator coils, but found a bunch of white styrofoam, like in one of those crummy supermarket coolers. I couldn't find a way to get the styro out without messing it up, so I just left it alone. The styro had little ice ridges on it, presumably above where the evaporator coils were.

    Is it possible I got a fridge with multiple problems?

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Aug 24, 2010

    Hi,

    Yes, it should shut down at times... actually in reality it should only be running about half the time... if that....

    So, you probably did get a fridge that has issues, mostly it seems that it is a bit low on freon and that will be a problem because of its age. That fridge uses R-12 which is no longer made and is worth more then gold per pound...if you can even find it...

    you will have to live with waht you have and hope it is good enough for now or start looking for something else...



    sorry, I wish I had better news for you... :-(



    heatman101

  • k_dnoble Aug 24, 2010

    Thank you! At least I'll know not to spend time and money on something that can't be fixed. I don't suppose it's possible to substitute another kind of freon? What would happen if I tried?

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