I've read several of the other posts and I appear to have a similar problem. We noticed the freezer was warm and of course everything defrosted during the day today.
The fridge was here when we purchased the house last march '07, so it's warranty has most likely expired. What should we do? Is it worth paying for a tech to come here and check it. Does the frequent clicking, I'd say once every 5minutes or so mean the relay is bad or is the compressor gone?(this is from reading the other posts). The fan(s) are on and we can feel the air in both sides of the unit, it just does not appear to be cooling..
Any suggestions greatly appreciated since a family of 5 without a fridge is a problem.. ;-) TIA!
Start by taking relay off compressor shake it if it sounds broken in pieces it is. if so go to parts house and get new and fix it yoself .u can do it. if that doesnt fix it it is a big piece of useless **** now .chunk it
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Rachael, I recently had a similar issue. Unfortunately, the problem you describe could be related to several components & sensors that could have failed which cause similar symptoms. There are a few things that you will need to start with in order to best lead you in the best direction for repair. First, ice building up says that there may be a problem with the auto defrost cycle. Usually a sensor that sits on the evaporator in the freezer side. You want to start with actually measuring the temp in the freezer and the fridge. If you can, remove items, turn fridge off & then unplug fridge from outlet. Let sit overnight with doors open. Two goals, here. One, ensuring that any ice that has formed in the air passages has a chance to melt completely. Second, unplugging the fridge helps "reset" the control module. You stated "hearing the motor" working. Do you mean the compressor or the fan in the fridge. IMPORTANT, you need to make sure that when the fridge is "running" that you can feel air blowing in the freezer & fridge section. Do this before turning off & unplugging. Lastly for now, did anything out of the ordinary happen before you noticed improper operation?
That is normal and you may have just noticed that it gets warm or a little hot there. It is a heat strip placed behind the metal around your door to prevent moisture from forming around the door seal. If it was not there water would appear around the door on a daily basis, Thank You Sea Breeze
I would check for a bad starter relay first unless you can verify that the sound is comming from the compressor. How to check stuff>
Remove the indide back cover in the freezer. If the cooling fins are iced up, give it a full defrost, Look for any holes to the outside near the pipes. Plug them. Chances are a mouse climbed up and chewed the styrofoam and you're sucking warm room air in and the moisture is freezing (icing) up the coils. Ice in the airflow channel can cause clicking against the fan.
Disconnect the power cord (or switched power off) and wait an hour or two until compressor has cooled. When you now switch the power on, the clicking is heard only once and compressor starts (weak noice and vibration noticed). When compressor gets warmed, the compressor will stop and clicking starts again (clicking comes from electric circuits when compressor is switched off and on repeatedly, but it will not start because it has stucked - this is typical fault in old compressors said maintenance expert to me). Buy a new fridge.
check you paperwork , and manual. sounds like a compressor issue, which "should" be covered by 5 year manufacture warr. reason i say "should" is hte warr's all changed jan1/06. only one year form there . but check your manual itll have the warr info in it
Same problem here. Called local service tech and he said it was a common manufacturer defect with some GE refrigerators. I called GE and they don't have a recall or any formal documentation available to Cust. support people but found this on another site. A Replacement Program my GE, letter to GE service techs regarding problem. My model was listed and i am ready when the GE tech comes tomorrow that he knows about it.
here is link: http://applianceguru.com/view_topic.php?id=13243&forum_id=1&jump_to=76889