Question about GE GSS22JFMWW Side by Side Refrigerator
Hello, this is a 12 year old GE side by side. Got it for 300 bucks from a friend back in 1996.....has worked great......the refer side does not cool properly. Freezer side works great.
I have pulled things apart....looked at coils in the back of the freezer compartment....they look good. Mild frost build up on the lower section, but it quickly melted off.
What I think is the drain plug in the bottom was stopped up with ice. It is melting away.
I also discovered the passages between the freezer compartment and the refer compartment. There is the larger of the two at the top with the little flapper assembly that is adjusted by the freezer temperature control lever which is located at the top of the refer compartment. It functions fine.
There are also two passages between the refer and the freezer compartments at the bottom. One small round opening which is adjusted by the meat compartment lever.....it was partially clogged with ice...(can't say how the ice got there since there is not an immediate water source)
There is also a passage at the back of the bottom which also had ice. It is now clear.
Upon further inspection, and the advice of a friend, I discovered that the bottom of the gasket on the refer side is torn slightly in a few places and does not fully contact the surface to which it closes. There are two separate places where there is not full contact from the outside.
I'm thinking that my problem is a combo of the old gasket and the ice in the passages between the refer and freezer compartments........does this sound correct to you?
If the gasket is bad will I feel the cool air coming out the bottom?
I am the "honey, fix this" guy around here. Pretty handy.....plumbing, electrical, carpentry, some AC.....but I have not ever worked on a refrigerator.
If it sounds like the gasket do you have any tips/suggestions?
Thank you very much for any and all help.
Refrigerator door gaskets are sold at any hardware store. They have an adhesive backing, remove your old and replace with the new, that easy. This will increase the cooling considerably, but you may want to keep in mind the age of this unit. It's possible that the compressor may need servicing.
Posted on Aug 12, 2008
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Posted on Aug 11, 2008
there is a trick to changing the door seal. when you buy it is folded up and wrinkled.
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
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