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Frig won't cool, freezer works fine

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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  • ARNOLDSCHWAN Jun 11, 2008

    I HAVE A FREEZER FULL OF FOOD, THE FAMILY WENT AWAY FOR A WEEK, I HAVE NO PLACE TO PUT THE FOOD, SO ITS JUST WING IT TILL THEY GET HOME WITH THE COOLERS, THEN I CAN TRY THE ALL OUT DEFROST "BLITZ", AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS, I HAVE A 20+ YR OLD "MINI" FRIG. IT HASNT BEEN USED FOR 12 YEARS, IN THE ATTIC IN FREEZING COLD AND BLAZING HOT, I PLUGGED IT IN AND IT WORKS FINE! SO MUCH FOR THE NEWER ****!

    :(+<

  • ARNOLDSCHWAN Jun 13, 2008

    THANKS FOR THE REPLY, ITS A 25CF SIDE BY SIDE, PROBABLY 10CF FREEZER(?) I'M GETTING COOLERS AND TAKE EVERYTHING TO MY FRIENDS PIZZA SHOP HE HAS A WALKIN FREEZER, THAT WAY I CAN DO IT RIGHT, I WANT TO WASH AND SANITIZE EVERYTHING BEFORE TRYING TO RESTART IT, I HAVE MOST OF THE DRAWERS AND SHELVES OUT OF THE FRIG SIDE, AND HAVE TAKEN THE FOOD TO THE SHOP OR COOKED IT OFF FOR THE DOG AND CATS! ITS SUPPOSED TO COOL OFF BY THE WEEKEND! I WOULD LIKE TO PULL THE COVERS OFF THE BACK AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER, I BLEW OUT THE CONDENSER WITH COMPRESSED AIR, ALL THE CONTROLS SEEM TO WORK, I UNSCREWED THE LIGHT TO KEEP TEMP LOWER, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP! :)+<

    THE MINI-FRIG IS AN EMERSON AND WORKING FINE!

  • ARNOLDSCHWAN Jun 19, 2008

    I PUT A SMALL ELECTIC HEATER IN FRONT OF THE AIR DUCT LOUVER, AND SHUT THE FREEZER DOOR, IT TOOK TWO TRIES, BUT I FINALLY GOT ALL THE ICE OUT, I WIPED AND SANITIZED EVERYTHING WITH HOT WATER AND BLEACH, PUT ALL THE SHELVES AND BINS AND DRAWER BACK IN, IT RESTARTED AND SEEMS TO BE COOLING WELL, I PUT A BOX OF BAKING SODA IN THE FREEZER FOR ODOR CONTROL, THANKS BOB! YOU SAVED ME A FORTUNE! I WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT OVERLOADING THE FREEZER AGAIN, WITH $4 A GALLON GAS, I CAN BARELY AFFORD A TRIP TO THE MARKET LET ALONE BUY ANYTHING! :(+<

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    admiral frig won't cool and freezer works fine. the temp inside is 45 and getting warmer. what can i do to fix it. please help with answer quick iam loosing everything and no where to go with it.. thanks for any info on fixing my problem.

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Defrost unit completely. You're frosting up. Then, avoid leaving the door open, leaving liquids and food uncovered. Clean condenser coils. If it happens again, you need refrigerant.

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  • Robert Hirst Jun 12, 2008

    Arnold...if you do it quickly, with a hair dryer...you may get it all done by putting alot of stuff in the sink. If you do it that way, remember that electricity and water are a poor combination.

    It is possible that the freezer or fridge has its circulatory vents blocked by over-loading of the compartments. Keep that in mind.

    The other possibility.. far less likely...there is a defrost timer which is supposed to defrost the unit by turning on a heater. They go rarely. If they do...the unit will not 'rest' for an hour or two every day. No fans no compressor while the heater melts ice buildup. You'll hear 'creaking' as the ice melts...but I doubt that's your problem. Checking and changing out the timer is not fun.


  • Robert Hirst Jun 19, 2008

    Thanks for your reply. Glad to help.

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GE GSS25KGSA.... the freezer is no longer freezing regardless of temperature setting. It gets cold but no freezing. There used to be more noise during cycles, but that has stopped also.


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.


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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!

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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.
  • possible causes:
  1. bad defrost timer
  2. bad defrost heater (in freezer)
  3. 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 items. 

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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..!)

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Any noises from frig at all??? cicking humming???pull the unit out and remove back cover. Is the compressor(football)size motor in back hot to touch??Lights are on in frig right?

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