Recently the freezer was not keeping food frozen and not making ice. I unloadewd the freezer and fridge and unplugged it thawing evrything out and there was water from something thawing out all over the floor. i plugged it back in and it seemed to work ok for about three days and a frost was building up on the back of the freezer wall and it started all over again. I've also had problems with ice building up rapidly in the top of the chute on the ice dispenser plugging everything up and pretty much not being able to use the dispenser. Obviously somethings wrong and I'm not sure if it's related to the defrost cycle or heaters. Please help, the "the old girl" is getting up tight.
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Re: Freezer and fridge warming up (GE side by side)
You have a defrost problem...and a dispenser chute or door problem... first check the door for air leaks . check that the chute door is closing tight and allways... also check around the door seal..
Now your defrost problem you have three parts defrost timer, heater and defrost thermostat .(bi-metal) the most likely problem is you bi-metal it is cliped on the evaporator about the size of a quarter with two wires mostly brown and orange... with the power off...and with the bimetal cool check it for check continuity... also check the heater for continuity .. next check your defrost timer it can be with the controls or in at the bottom under the cover,, or in the back ..there is a knob to advance the timer .. turn it untill it clicks and you have stated the defrost cycle. it should take around 20 minutes then the compressor will state again... hope this helps let me know
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remove the rear panel in the freezer,and if evaporator coils a solid block of ice,take a hand held hair dryer and melt the ice,then remove the heater located under the coil and test it for continuity,if open replace it with g.e.# wr51x10055 heater element
Sounds like a defrost problem. Remove food from freezer section, take the back wall out after removing shelves, and use a hair blower to melt off the ice and frost. Most likely you need to replace the defrost heater.
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper)
between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it.
Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it
to run. There is a flap you adjust with
the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust
the fridge temp. The problem could be the electronic control if
you have one or the mechanical linkages.
If, the fresh food section is 34- 38 degrees, then the freezer should be cold enough to keep ice cream solid. All of the cooling capability comes from the freezer section. I, personally, would not waste time or money on a ten year old box. Ten years ago it cost $1000, so, the outlay is $100 per year. Dump the old refrigerator and get a new one.
Sounds like a main control board problem keeping the freezer fan from working . If no air flow to the top of the freezer , the icemaker will stop working and the ice will begin to melt ( leaking from freezer ) . The coils will start to freeze up due to no air flow across them . If continued for a period of time , the cold air could return thru the return vent located in the bottom of the ref/freezer section and freeze the water tank in the refrig section , causing the no water thru dispensor .
the fridge distrubutes cold by air movement. A overstuffed fridge can have trouble. There is a fan that blows a controlled amount of freezer air over to the food side, altho when this goes you usually have frozen freezer and food too warm. Make sure the air is allowed to move.
It sounds like cold air from the freezer isn't making it to the fridge compartment. This can be cause by a several things. The damper that lets air into the fresh food side is stuck in "closed" position, the temp sensor (t-stat) isn't working properly, the evaporator fan (in the freezer comp above the coils) isn't working to blow air up to the fresh food section. In some situations, the defrost cycle for the freezer section isn't working and the coils have frozen into a block of ice and air can't flow over them properly so you get not cold air to the fresh food section but the freezer still stays cold due to the block of ice.