My profile is 3.5 years old and for some reason the fridge is at 86 degrees and is constantly warm but the freezer is working? GE is supposed to come look at it friday...any ideas of what I might be looking at?
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Sounds like a typical air flow (circulation) problem. This can be due to an evaporator fan not working, a frozen up coil not allowing air flow over it (due to failed defrost system, etc.) or even the damper for the fridge section stuck closed not allowing cold air from the freezer in. The first thing is to check the evap. fan to make sure it's running. It's easy to take the rear interior of the freezer section off and check for fan operation, solid ice on the coils, etc. If the coils have a nice white frost pattern all over then that's ok, but if they are frozen solid block where the air can't flow over them it's a defrost timer, defrost t-stat or defrost heat element (not likely) issue. Usually it's the t-stat or timer that goes out. The t-stat is easy to visually check to see if it's epoxy is "popped" out and of course a continuity check to be sure. The defrost timer is just a swap out sort of thing, not much to test there.
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Had similar problem, freezer was working fine, but fridge was warm, (68 degrees) It wasnt my damper, the mother board was fried, and so was the inverter board that told the compressor what to do, after having the inverter and two mother boards replaced.......I threw it out, biggest piece of ****, only three years old, and Sears would not stand behind it, even though I used their repairmen. I will never buy another GE product, or enter a Sears store again
If the compressor is running it either has broken valves or the refrigerant has leaked out. Without knowing more than the information you've provided I would start with the basics. Does the fridge have power? Can you hear both the condenser and evaporator fans running? Have you checked the coils under the fridge to see if they are clean?
It happens alot in my 18+ years i have seen them leak 1 day later to 30 or 40 years later.If it was running and not stoping and freezer and fridge warm or hot it may be a leak if it runs alot and freezer is cold and fridge warm then it is not a freon leak.
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.
Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it
to run. There is a flap you adjust with
the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust
the fridge temp. The problem could be the electronic control if
you have one or the mechanical linkages.
The temp sensor for the freezer may be reading the warm air in the fridge so is not cutting the compressor off.
Air circulation problem. Evaporator fan in freezer moves some air to refrig. Either fan is not working or air passages are blocked with ice. If ice found, then a defrost component failure has occurred. Fix what you find.
Pull the refrig out from the wall , and remove the rear panel . Touch the compressor and feel if its hot or running . If the compressor is cool , then the main control board is bad ( since the compressor isn't running ) . If you can solder , you can repair the board (another paragraph ) . If the compressor is warm , then you could have a thermistor or 2 bad . This would have to be checked by a technician , unless you know how to get into the diagnostics procedure . Also , see if the compressor cooling fan is working and the black squirl cage is clean of dust .