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GE Profile Refrigerator (Model #20) w/freezer on the bottom

The temperature in the freezer is getting warmer. Have had it set at 5 degrees, it is currently 25 degrees. The refrigerator is cooling fine. The motor is running constantly and there is a loud buzzing noise. This refrigerator is only 18 months old!

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  • orkycowboy Aug 23, 2008

    Hi,



    We are having the same problem, but our's is a side by side refrigerator. We do not have the loud buzzing noise, but the freezer and fridge are both running, but getting warmer instead of colder.



    Could you please describe what the condensor looks like.

  • Jack E Legs Jan 11, 2009

    I have similar problem. Freezer set at zero, but only cold to 22 degrees. I do not have an ice build up.

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    same problem, paid >$200 to have it diagnosed and now after 2 months, the same thing has happened. GE Profile (bottom freezer). Very disappointed with this and will not buy again.

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    The refrigerator seems to have stopped. Temperature is getting warmer and termometers are not working. What T Do?

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    THE REFRIGERATOR LOGS OUT AT JUST UNDER 40 DEGREES. THE FREEZER IS LOGGING OUT AT NEGATIVE 15 DEGREES. I HAVE THE TEMP SETTINGS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.

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If the problem disappears (for a while) when the freezer reaches 32F, then I know what the problem is.

The GE Profile refrigerators (and likely other models as well) often don't defrost properly, especially in humid climates. So they can develop ice buildup internally, especially if the air vents at the back of the freezer are blocked by frozen food. Once that happens, that ice can interfere with the cold air circulation booster fan that runs when the freezer temperature is too warm. Then you get a LOUD buzzing noise from the fan blades, as they bang into the ice.

The immediate "solution" is to be sure nothing blocks the air vents, and then to melt the ice that interferes with the fan. You can turn the fridge off for a while (with the food removed so it doesn't spoil), and/or get a hair dryer and heat the inside back of the freezer, until the ice melts and falls away from the fan. (Just be careful not to block the nozzle of the hair dryer, or it may burn out from overheating!)

But the ultimate solution is to buy another refrigerator, one that is NOT a GE! And that makes me sad, because GE used to make GREAT refrigerators. My last GE refrigerator is nearly 20 years old, and still works well, and it does so QUIETLY.

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In back of the unit is a removable panel. Remove this panel and check the condenser for some kind of obstruction, such as paper sucked into the fan. Clean the condenser by blowing out with air or vacuum cleaning it. Reinstall the panel after you are done. The loud buzzing noise. Where is it coming from? If it is coming from the compressor behind that back panel. Normally the temperature problem is reversed from how you stated.

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