Admiral 25 cf. side by side with ice maker i freezer door,
# is RSWA278AA, I pulled cover off light bulb, and the temp dials work smoothly, found ice buildup under the freezer dial, the frig dial moves smoothly and turns the compressor on and off. there is just no cooling taking place in the frig.
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The fan that circulates air in the freezer compartment is frozen & not circulating air - resulting in a freezer compartment that is cool but not cold.The reason is that the “heater & bracket” that warms & defrosts the evaporator coil & the fan above it has died & w/no defrosting, the coil & the fan load up with frost & ice & stop working.
Temporary Solution: 1) Unplug the frig. 2) Take all the food & shelves out of the freezer.Put it ALL in one cardboard box; this will keep it from defrosting while you get the freezer working. 3) Take out the ice maker storage bin (the thing that's full of ice cubes) & dump the ice cubes.(if you leave them in the freezer, they will melt & refreeze & make a disaster). 4) There is a metal panel below the lights & it should have frost & ice built on it. 5) Get two (not one) hair driers, set them on high heat & melt all the frost & ice & keep on melting & defrosting for about 10 minutes. 4) Plug the frig back in. 5) The freezer fan should be turning. 6) Put the shelf & food back in & close the door. 7) Expect this problem to reoccur in one to four months...
Solution: 1) Get a “heater & bracket” GE part number WR51X10055, about $30 w/shipping on eBay.This is for a GSS25KGSA GE side by side (the last two letters WW, BB, & CC are colors).If you have a different GE side by side, the correct part number can easily be found at www.searspartsdirect.com.Nice drawings. 2) Unplug the frig. 3) Take all the food & shelves out of the freezer.Put it ALL in one cardboard box; this will keep it from defrosting while you get the freezer working. 4) Take out the ice maker storage bin (the thing that's full of ice cubes) & dump the ice cubes. 5) Take out the light cover.One Philips screw on top & two press-to-release plastic things on the bottom. 6) Unscrew the light bulbs. 7) Take out the metal panel below the lights.Four ¼” screws.It is held in by two tabs at the top, so swing the bottom out & pull it down.Be careful not to bend it. 8) Get two (not one) hair driers, set them on high hot & melt all the frost & ice on the evaporator coil.Do NOT touch it. 9) Remove the “Heater & Bracket” by unscrewing the two Phillips screws and then unplugging the red & blue wires. 10) Install the new “Heater & Bracket” by plugging in the red & blue wires & replacing the two screws.Be careful not to get it backwards when plugging the wires; only goes one way. 11) Put the back panel back in & secure it with the 4 ¼” screws. 12) Reinstall the lights & cover. 13) Plug the frig back in. 14) Put the shelves & food back in & close the door. 15) Expect this problem to reoccur every 3-4 years; great designs fail after the warranty is up, and keep the repairmen & parts people employed …
p.s. about once a year, you should vacuum all the accumulated dust off the condenser coils. They are hidden behind a metal cover at the bottom back of the refrig. If you don't, expect the dust eventually block all airflow & the compressor will burn up & you will be buying a new frig. Generic GE Side by Side Refrigerators GSS25KGSA, GSS25KGSAWW, GSS25KGSABB, GSS25KGSACC.
FIRST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE IT SET TO DIVERT MORE AIR TO FREEZER SIDE THAN RE FRIG SIDE , MAKE SURE THERMOSTAT IS SET TO COOL ENOUGH , NEXT MAKE SURE SMALL FAN IN REAR OF FREEZER IS RUNNING , SOME MODELS YOU MUST DEPRESS DOOR SWITCH AS YOU WATCH IT , IF FAN IS BAD YOU CAN REPLACE IT YOURSELF REMOVE FAN AND COVER AND MOST UNPLUG , SOME IDEAS
I have the same problem. Just talked to a friend that's a great appliance repairman. he said I have to remove the panel in the back inside of freezer and there is a drain that gets clogged up, a little hole or tube.
clean that and should work fine and stop leaking. I haven't had time yet, but this weekend I'll do the deed. Hopes this helps ya!
nothing to do with light bulb - noise is probably fan hitting ice that has built up. to check, remove back panel inside freezer and check for ice build up. melt off with a hairdryer and get back to me if i'm right
hi tanks for the question there are heaters at the spots you said were hot and those heaters are there to prevent moist air from hitting cold surface and create warer droplets from forming on those surfaces i would remove the back of the fridge and vacuum it out that should solve your problem thanks the appliance doc
Sounds like a defrost problem. Check to see if
there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not
defrosting as it should.
bad defrost timer
bad defrost heater (in freezer)
bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice
melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if
is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above
Not sure if this will help but I have/had a similar problem with my admiral side by side (approx 12 yrs old not sure of the model #)and I think I fixed it this morning..
At the back of the fridge compartment I removed the cover (covers the light and controls) the Freezer setting just seems to adjust a flap that sends cold air into the fridge.. around the flap was a mass of ice.. what seemed to be happening was as this 'vent' was blocked with ice no cold air entered the fridge and the temp stayed high and hence the stat did not cut out .. compressor running flat out 24/7..... I removed the ice and it now seems to be working better (2-3 hrs will see what its like when I get home from work..!)