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We have a 3-year old GE Profile side by side refrigerator/freezer. The vegetables and fruits are freezing in both crisper drawers. The refrigerator temp is set at 37 degrees. Thanks for your help

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  • margaret_790 Jan 02, 2011

    As this refrigerator has been working properly until recently, and I don't think the freezing is a result of over-filling the compartments, I would like to look at other ideas as to why my food is freezing in those 2 compartments. The deli drawer and the rest of the refrigerator is working fine. The model number is: PSS26MSTE SS if that helps with the diagnosis. Thank you

  • margaret_790 Jan 02, 2011

    I will try your suggestions. Thank you!

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The ventilations in the drawers are getting blocked.I will explain.When the unit starts,the freezer section starts cooling.When the freezer section gets cooled properly and reaches its regular temperature,then thermostat in the freezer section detects it and after this defrost procedure starts.In defrost procedure the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air from freezer section pass to the fridge section bu the ventilation drawers.And thus passes in all the sections.But in your case the cold air is passing to the vegetable and fruit section,but its not going to the other sections.The cold air is entering the section but its not going anywhere,just remaining there.So this parts are getting over cold.So in this case,either the defrost is not working or the coils are over frosted in the freezer section.And this causing the problem.But first try defrosting the blocked ventilation by manual defrost procedure.--------------

The defrost is not working or the evaporator coil in the inner section of freezer is got blocked by ice .

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First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle. Then check, if the problem returns again. If the same problem occurs then it's defrost problem. The defrost board and the defrost thermostat/heater is not functioning properly and it has to be checked and replaced.You can get the required parts from online sites like:--- www.repairclinic.com or from searspartsdirect online site.---------This will help. Thanks. Helpmech.

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Check the temperature of the crisper compartment using a refrigerator thermometer to ensure that is stays between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit in order to maintain the food the longest.you can change between these temperatures to see if the freezing stops.

The best way to prevent foods from freezing inside the crisper drawer is by not filling it more than 3/4 full, which prevents air circulation. If freezing occurs, rearrange the food so that large items are equally dispersed among smaller items to create air gaps.

If freezing continues then you will need to check that your thermostat is working perfectly.

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Once you have the thermometer, "put it in overnight and check it immediately in the morning, the first time you open the fridge," Ms. Reek said, because the temperature varies during the day as the door opens and closes.

The problem might be where you're storing fruits and vegetables, which are sensitive to cold air. Leafy vegetables are especially prone to freezing, Ms. Reek said, because of their high water content.

Although some newer refrigerators have separate cooling mechanisms for the main body and the freezer, most refrigerators cool by funneling air from the freezer into an opening near the top rear of the main compartment.

Fruits and vegetables should be kept away from this outlet, Ms. Reek said, or else "you're going to be blowing that very cold air right on the produce."

Both she and Mr. West recommended keeping produce in the crisper drawer, away from the circulating air.

"You don't want the moisture to transpire out of the product and make it limp," which can happen with produce on a shelf, Ms. Reek said.

If the crisper is full and some produce has to sit on a shelf, it's better to keep it at the front of the refrigerator, because cold air falls down along the back wall. Along with the area directly beneath the outlet, Mr. West said, "the back and bottom of the refrigerator tend to be the coldest spots."

Shirley O. Corriher, a biochemist and cookbook writer, suggests shaking off all the surface moisture from produce and sealing it in heavy zip-top freezer bags before putting it in the crisper drawer or on a shelf.

"Oxygen is a major villain, so to speak, in the deterioration of fruits and vegetables," said Mrs. Corriher, the author of "BakeWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking" (Scribner, 2008) and "CookWise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed" (William Morrow Cookbooks, 1997).

Lettuce leaves, in particular, benefit from being sealed in plastic, she said, and you should roll the bag "until you squeeze all the air out. That lettuce will keep for three weeks. It's just amazing."

Still, Ms. Reek said, "the objective of food is to eat it."

"If it's fresher, it's going to have higher vitamin content and be healthier for you," she said. "So it's really better not to plan to store food for ever and ever."

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