Frig ran constantly for weeks and has now become was warm. Freezer side ice melted from upper and dripped down to lower and refroze. I had repair person out today and he changed the Condensor motor 61005323 out in the rear of frig.
Nothing has changed other than part. I removed panel on freezer and exposed coils, nothing bad here, fan not engaging in freezer. Need help diag. problem since repair guy was a bust.
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the defrost has melted the ice,now the drain tray is plugged and needs a wire run down from the drain in the freezer to the condenser pan so it can evaporate,as this fools the temp thermostat trying to cool the refrige compartment to keep trying to cool the unitif theres water dripping into the fridge rom the freezer this is a good indicator of this problem
The tech is full of beans. The heat from a normally charged refrigerator is more than enough to evaporate water in drip pan. The indication of improper charge is that obvious. Fridge warm freezer ok would be a coil blocked with ice, however drip pan overflowing is a charge problem, Ask for a field supervisor.
the element you see in the back of the freezer compartment is the defrost heater. your frig will defrost 2-3 times every 24 hours for 15-30 minutes. when its in a defrost cycle the element will get hot and melt the frost that has built up on the cooling coils from normal operation. the melted frost will then drip down ..some will hit the heater and sizzle,most will drip onto a tray and go down a small drain into a pan under the frig and then evaporate out.. Also ,it doesnt defrost at the same time each day., it is based on how much the frig runs and the electronic control will figure out when it it time to initiate a defrost..the red glow and the sizzling is normal and only lasts a short time....
Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.
Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help. Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer. If this repeatedly happens with yours, you may can prevent it by taking a bare copper wire and wrap it around a fin near the heater and put the other end a few inches down the drain. The heat convection may prevent it from freezing.
If the freezer is staying cold it sounds like a defrost system problem. A bad timer, heater or thermostat can cause frost to build up on the coils and block air flow to the refrig side. Check out ACMEHowTo.com for troubleshooting the defroster problem.
There is a small duct between the freezer and refrigerator side if this is blocked the frig side won't cool.
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Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use
and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater
comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost
drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the
freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.
Your drain tubemay be stopped up with ice at the upper end
because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the
evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it.
Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey basterwill usually clear it out. Flushing
it out with hot water and clorox may help. Make sure it drains quick enough
to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils
on the lower back of the freezer
You will need to remove the bottom freezer crisper and check the defrost drain , to see if it is iced over . If so , then use a hairdryer to melt the ice ( hot water also helps ) . When you see the drain , ( could be obvious obstruction from plastic ) , use a small hose inserted into the hole , to blow thru , to remove any unseen debris blockage . You may have to remove the rear inside freezer panel to access this drain , depending on your model number .
So make sure the drainhole is open. When it happened to mine this was the problem.
You can turn the thermostat off for now to let the ice thaw out, if a door was left open there might not be anything wrong, but if it freezes up again sounds like you might have a bad defrost heater or defrost limit. Hope this helps
Had the same problem. Bottom of freezer was about the right temp but the upper part was way too warm. Fridge side was fine. Ice maker stopped making ice - it wasn't broken, but it won't run through its cycle if the temp is too high. Cubes already in storage hopper melted and water refroze as it ran to lower, colder part of fridge.
Problem: Fan controller for freezer compartment was faulty. The fan itself was fine.
Fix: GE replaced the main circuit board that controls everything on this model, including the freezer compartment fan. Once that was done, temp returned to normal, ice maker is happy again. The board had undergone several revisions from the factory installed one (could tell this by comparing the part number on the old and new boards - they increment it when they revise it.) Bad news: the part/labor were expensive and of course failed after the warranty ran out. Good news: the board is now guaranteed for 5 yrs. (Why wouldn't the factory-installed board ALSO be good for five years instead of just one? It's not like the replacement boards are made better.) Labor is covered only for 90 days though so it won't be free if they have to come back after that.
nothing to do with light bulb - noise is probably fan hitting ice that has built up. to check, remove back panel inside freezer and check for ice build up. melt off with a hairdryer and get back to me if i'm right