Refrigerator Not Cold But Freezer Is - HVAC - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-08-2009, 08:20 PM   #1
Still Learning
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 338
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


Im trying to figure out why the freezer is cold but the fridge is not. the indoor coil freezes up over time. Could it be the defrost timer or the can motor? it is a GE fridge. Does anyone know how to test the defrost timer to see if it is good?I will tear apart the inside to see if the evaporator fan motor is running.

Advertisement

thehvacguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 07:08 AM   #2
An old Tradesmen
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 26,471
Rewards Points: 4,588
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


If the freezer gets cold, but not the fridge, its generally not the defrost timer.
Either fan, or your low on charge.

Advertisement

beenthere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 09:15 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 6,976
Rewards Points: 2,048
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


If the coils are freezing up it is possible the defrost timer has malfunctioned -- in the on position. Sometimes a screwdriver adjustment for the defrost timer is on the back so you have to pull the 'fridge away from the wall to inspect the timer. A malfunction can generally be determined when the screwdriver adjustment is not seen to rotate by itself over a period of several hours.

The purpose of the screwdriver adjustment is to get the 'fridge cooling more quickly after a power failure if the timer happened to be in the off position which normally lasts about an hour.

Many refrigerators have separate main and freezer compartment adjustments. Most of the time these are louver adjustments that need trial and error to get positioned properly.
__________________
Forget super sized fries. The Washington Redskins could promote healthy eating with First Lady Obama by choosing a (red skinned) turnip for a mascot.
AllanJ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 03:40 PM   #4
Member
 
hvaclover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Suburbs of Detroit Mi
Posts: 3,704
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


Quote:
Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
If the freezer gets cold, but not the fridge, its generally not the defrost timer.
Either fan, or your low on charge.
EEEEHHHHHHHHNIT .....wrong
__________________
Just slow, not stupid.
hvaclover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 03:46 PM   #5
Member
 
hvaclover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Suburbs of Detroit Mi
Posts: 3,704
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


Worked on frost free friges since '77.

It is either a timer, defrost terminator, or a heater (rare but happens) that is not working.

We would test the heater with an ampmeter. Reading shows it's ok.
Timer could stick or the terminator switch would shut off heater too soon allowing intermittent frost up of evaporator.
__________________
Just slow, not stupid.
hvaclover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 03:56 PM   #6
An old Tradesmen
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 26,471
Rewards Points: 4,588
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


Bet its not the defrost timer.

We'll see when he tells us what he found.
beenthere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 04:36 PM   #7
Member
 
hvaclover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Suburbs of Detroit Mi
Posts: 3,704
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


Quote:
Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
Bet its not the defrost timer.

We'll see when he tells us what he found.
Bet it's the terminator AND timer cause that has been an idiosyncrasy of GE defrost systems for years.
__________________
Just slow, not stupid.
hvaclover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 04:44 PM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


This happened to me. I have a Kitchenaid side by side. It was the air transfer gate between the freezer and refrigerator side. The frig side is cooled from air from the freezer. There is a computer controlled gate that opens and closes to regulate the frig temperature. Mine was at the top, back of the freezer/frig wall. It broke. I replaced it easy enough.

Last edited by bmesc; 11-09-2009 at 07:53 PM.
bmesc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 07:47 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: northeast tennessee
Posts: 31
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Refrigerator not cold but freezer is


Need a model no, but I"m bettin on the heater. GE's weak point forever

Advertisement

d scott is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kitchen Faucet Cold Water Runs Hot Mthrboard Plumbing 8 08-02-2009 07:59 AM
Freezer not cold enough trupok Electrical 2 08-14-2008 10:51 PM
Freezer leaking into Fridge? jc2709 Appliances 1 05-23-2007 10:55 AM
Help with low pressure cold water upstairs lewissv Plumbing 5 01-26-2007 09:05 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts