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Ge model gts22wcmbrww cools fridge to ~40', and freezer to ~28'. the evaporator fam runs almost all the time. the compressor runs alot. the evaporator coils get a complete coating of frost when the compressor runs then thaws on the off cycle. the oms values of the thermistors are 6.3, 6.5 & 8.5. what is the appropriate values for the thermistors. what is causing the poor operation? dave

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I had this same problem. You need to totally empty the fridge and freezer and allow it to defrost for 24 hours. Then put it back on and it will work. This happens if someone leaves the freezer door open and then it gets closed. The defrosted water freezes in the pipes and doesn't allow the cold air to move up into the fridge so the freezer gets even colder. This has happened to me twice!

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it could be two things your compressor is shot .check what date you bought it if less than one year you call the store you got it from or G.E but the store you got from sholud replace with a new one dont let them send a service tech out

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I had the same problem. GE Man said that since the unit had been allowed to warm so much, we needed to empty it, unplug it, and totally leave it alone for 24 hours for any excess water to drain out. Then, we needed to plug it in and let it run with NO ITEMS INSIDE AND NO OPENING OF THE DOORS AT ALL for 48 hours. After that, we started using it again and it was Perfect!! I thought it was a lost cause, so this worked and didn't cost me a dime!!

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that would be a valid check
but with this model i would look more twords you thermister in the refer, if its maintiaing a constant temp, but just outta temp, its more than likely you thermistor is going bad

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