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GE refrigerator not cold enough, again!

PTC22MbM GE refrigerator: freezer not cold, won't "kick on" even after turning thermostat control to coldest setting. Last time (sep 2007) GE tech came out and had to clean/replace freezer drain through ($200 cause not covered under warranty... do we need to call tech again, or is there something we can do ourselves?

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I emptied the freezer, unscrewed the freezer floor, pushed it out of the way, and saw the ice, just like last time. So I poured hot water over the ice, made sure the ice was all melted, even from below (under refrigerator), and put the floor back in - works fine, for now!

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I have an Admiral LTF2112ARW refrigerator. The refrigerator is working but the freezer won't stay cold even though the thermostat is on the coldest setting. Any suggestions about what is wrong?


ITS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO USE THE COLDEST SETTING CUZ WHAT U WILL GET IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE A MORE WARM SETTING. A HIGH SETTING CAUSES THE COMPRESSOR TO OVER WORK IT SELF CREATING TO MUCH COLD IN ONE SECTION TO THE NEGLECT OF THE OTHER SECTION. UR PROBLEM IS NORMALLY THE OTHER WAY AROUND TO MUCH FREEZER AND NOT COLD IN FRIDGE.? BUT i WOULD CHECK THE THERMISTORS IN THE FREEZER. AND ALSO TRY ADJUSTING UR SETTINGS TO MED AND CHECK UR AIR FLOW CONTROL VENT AKA COLD CONTROL THERMOSTAT.

Feb 23, 2015 | Admiral Refrigerators

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Simple thing you can do if the ref is not getting cold enough.


1. Defrost the freezer if you see ice on the inside wall.
This is a very common problem. Before you call a technician do this.
Defrost the freezer completely, and when you put the items back, make sure that the vent are not being blocked. The fan needs to circulate the air inside the freezer to keep it from having frost. Ice build up causes circulation problem which causes the ref and even the freezer to not get cold enough. Since the thermostat senses that it is not getting cold enough the refrigerator runs constantly and producing even more frost. Then the owner turns the refrigerator to coldest setting which actually do not help, or maybe make the problem even worse, all the while running up the electric bill as well. So there you go.

on Feb 18, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Have a GE Refrigerator Model GTS22JBP or GTL22JBP freezer works but frig wont stay cold


check the cold control thermostat with a meter for both OHMS and volts ( VOLTS is a live test with fridge plugged in so be careful) It must show 110 volts. An open or thermostat that reads infinity will not allow the proper cooling and defrosting cycles to operate and may in fact stop anything from happening as if there is no power to the unit? CHECK

THERMISTORS ALSO



ALSO CHECK THE AIR FLOW VENT SYSTEM At times it can get stuck to far closed or open. Some units feature a digital electric adjusting vent system while others are manually set. Check for any ice build up or other obstruction in the vent damper, see if u can manually open or close it. Some times when u have the settings set to the highest it closes off one area while allowing to much cold air flow to the other area!



FAN check to see if it is operating or restricted A fan that is not blowing or restricted will not circulate the cold air properly.

Often, the first thing that folks do when their refrigerator starts to feel warm is turn both controls on the coldest settings.This is exactly the WRONG thing to do.Turning the cold control to the coldest settingwillkeep the compressor running longer and make lots of cold air.

But turning the air door to the coldest settingclosesthe airway to the food section. Lots of cold air is made, but most of it stays in the freezer section, and the food section actually getswarmer.


Condenser
Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.

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Refrigerator and freezer are cold but not cold enough


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The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can’t flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad, it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.
You can also bypass(disconnect the two wires plugged into it and twist them together) the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

The defrost heater is located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if it’s bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for voltage when it’s in the defrost mode.

If you have a defrost timer you can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that means the timer is not running. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge with the controls in some models and on the back in others. You can post your model number into one of several appliance parts sites on the internet and search for defrost components to find your parts.

Jan 20, 2010 | GE GSS25JEMWW Side by Side

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We have a side by side kenmore refrigerator about 13 years old.A few days ago I went into the freezer and the ice cubes were water.Turned up the thermostat to coldest,heard fridge come on,things got cold...


sounds like the problem is the cold control . I would clean the coils under neath and make sure the fans 's are both going . and then replace the cold control .. this will probably correct the problem .. ****

Jan 04, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Refrigerator too warm on coldest setting


The refrigerator coos from the bleed over from the freezer, See if the fan in the freezer is working properly and the crossover duct/vet is not obstructed or close.. Ck to make sure the control in the fridge is working,

Nov 21, 2009 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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Why isn't our refrigerator staying cold? It is staying around 50 degrees and no lower.


How to check everything
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php


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. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.


If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.


Sep 14, 2009 | GE (PSS26MSRSS) Side by Side Refrigerator

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My freezer is not cold


Three should be the coldest.

If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air
How to check everything
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

Sep 03, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Refrigerator cools, but not cool enough, even with temp adjustment turned to coldest setting. Freezer only gets down to 0. Fridge at 44 degrees


If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp ..


check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php

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My refigerator and freezer are not cooling enough


Is the fan in the freezer running?? Is there frost on back panel of freezer??

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