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Old 09-11-2012, 07:04 AM  
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:29 PM  
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hi i have a ge monogram side by side fridge freezer and the freezer isnt stayin cold enough



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hi i have a ge monogram side by side fridge freezer and the freezer isnt stayin cold enough
Hi,

Should have started your own thread.
Model#?
Both sections are not cooling?
Fans working, condenser coils been cleaned, any strange noises ( like clicking )?

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Is the evaporator fan in the freezer running. It blows cold air into the fridge side through a damper in the wall between the freezer and fridge. Make sure the damper is open.

Below the evaporator fan is the evaporator coils. Remove the back cover in the freezer to observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL) or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR PROBLEM). If it's totally blocked with ice.(defrost problem)
DEFROST PROBLEM
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 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.

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Default Fridge compressor runs for a few minutes then stops

Ge gsl25jfta bs model unit.... The guests (500 miles away) say it is not working...runs for a few minutes then cuts off. Is it for sure a compressor problem or something else maybe?

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runs for a few minutes then cuts off. Is it for sure a compressor problem or something else maybe?
Depends on what they mean "cuts off"!

If the whole refrigerator stops working ( fans, compressor, etc ) then no....if the fans still work and just the compressor will run a minute or two, then yes the issue could be the compressor. Has the condensor coils been cleaned recently...at all?
http://www.applianceaid.com/cleaning-condenser.php

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