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Ge side by side S.S. arcadia. Have put in new defrost heater. new defrost thermostat and a new board. it still wont defrost, has anyone any ideas.

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  • ferkin2009 Sep 30, 2010

    I had to install a replacement condensor. The only one available here was a static one mounted on the back . I put on the biggest that would fit.



    The fridge and freezer get cold very fast , Fridge gets down to 37 but freezer wont go below 8.



    What would you expect the back preasure to be at that temp? It is running at around 0 at those temps.



    The liquid line is probably 10 degrees obove ambient temp at that point. So I am led to believe that the condenser is big enough.



    B/R



    Frank

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Usually when fixing such problems the best place to start are usually the smallest things. Try the defrost switch. The switch might be faulty hence the replacements being innefective.
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Check the cold control, the temperature inside the refrigerator should be about 37 degrees F.

Listen for the freezer fan inside the freezer; ehen the freezer fan is running, it means the defrost timer and the cold control in the refrigerator are both set to cool.

Make sure nothing is blocking the way between the freezer and refrigerator compartments. If airflow is restricted, the refrigerator won't get cold.

Do not place anything in front of the fan in the freezer, or in front of air outlet in refrigerator component. Do not overfill refrigerator with food.

Try not to open refrigerator door too often or for too long.

If your refrigerator runs without stopping (unless you turn it off), it may be low on refrigerant.

Look at the condenser coils, located at the bottom of the or, in some cases, at the back. If the coils are dirty, the refrigerator won't operate efficiently. Clean the coils.

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