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Old 12-14-2018, 05:59 PM   #1
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GE fridge won’t get cold enough


My funky old fridge won’t get cold enough anymore. Worked great for a long time.

Freezer is okay though.

Thoughts on how to fix? It’s in a small nook and I’d prefer not to have to replace it.
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Re: GE fridge won’t get cold enough


Probably fairly easy to fix. First questions. Does the evaporator fan run? And if it does is there ice buildup on the back of the freezer?
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Thanks @BayouRunner !

I think the evap fan is running; that’s the one that turns on sometimes for no apparent reason?

And there’s no ice buildup in back of freezer.
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Then I would look for some type of blockage in between freezer and fridge. There will be an opening at the back. Its all styrofoam. I suspect you have some ice blockage. Careful of the foam it will break easily. Its easier to access if you remove back of freezer. The only other thing I can think of would be the lever in the back of the freezer is turned all the way where the air is blocked off from going to fridge. That should be set in the middle of the dial. Those refrigerators are extremely easy to work on
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:38 AM   #5
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Re: GE fridge won’t get cold enough


Defrost it. Unplug it remove everything and let it sit for at least 24 hours better 48 hours. Don't try messing with anything just let it completely defrost.

The way these frost free models work is there is a heater strip on the freezing coils and a timer, the timer turns off the compressor then heats the coils the ice then melts and the water runs out the bottom. If the heater strip goes bad then ice will build up gradually and cause this problem.
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At that age in a nook the first thing I would do is pull it out and clean the dust bunnies from the condenser coil / fan area. You can buy one of these https://www.homedepot.com/p/Carlisle...+brush%7D%3Aqu



use a vacuum or leaf blower.
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Re: GE fridge won’t get cold enough


Thanks alla you-all!

I tried the coil brush thing, didn't seem to make a difference.

I'll try to defrost idea, though I'll need a place to keep my huge store of frozen food. Wonder if they still sell coolers to put dry ice in?
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Just had that exact problem (2nd time in 13 years) with a newer GE Profile, but it was still 13 years old. When it first happened some 6-7 years ago, we had to replace the computer board. Not doing that again this time because it simply wasn't worth another $500 into a 13yo device.

This time, we emptied the fridge and ordered a new LG refrigerator. While waiting for it to arrive, all of a sudden the fridge cooled off again (from 54F down to 33F). It would not control the temp, though, so we went through with the replacement. The whole time, the freezer portion remained at or below the setpoint of 4F.

Our ultimate solution was the new LG top mount refrigerator.
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Just had that exact problem (2nd time in 13 years) with a newer GE Profile, but it was still 13 years old. When it first happened some 6-7 years ago, we had to replace the computer board. Not doing that again this time because it simply wasn't worth another $500 into a 13yo device.

This time, we emptied the fridge and ordered a new LG refrigerator. While waiting for it to arrive, all of a sudden the fridge cooled off again (from 54F down to 33F). It would not control the temp, though, so we went through with the replacement. The whole time, the freezer portion remained at or below the setpoint of 4F.

Our ultimate solution was the new LG top mount refrigerator.
I was looking at an LG, too, in stainless to go with the Kitchen Aid Dishwasher. Trouble was, no one had the model I wanted in stock to look at. I wanted to be certain that it would actually fit in my nook. It's a close, tight fit, and I don't want to order it in and have it not fit.

Also, the GE fridge is leaking water onto the floor.

Can that be fixed?
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If its leaking water on the floor then your defrost drain is stoped up. That is causing the ice issue which is blocking the airflow to frig. Probably take a service call to repair it or nothing if you diy. Might take you two hours tops. Take the back panel in freezer off, thaw out ice, clear drain and reassemble. Easy diy repair


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If you go to the LG site, you can get the dimensions for the model you're interested in. What we discovered is that for a similar total volume, the new LG is narrower and deeper than the GE Profile, but the LG model we bought does not have a front handle, so the extra depth is actually not a problem at all.
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You mean temps of 40-50 or worse ? I have found with our 2006 Sears fridge that there are vents that lead from freezer to fridge compartments and if items block these vents....it will result in 5 degree variation from usual. Have 2-3 vents.
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I broke down and bought a brand new fridge

A nice LG stainless steel top rated by Consumer Reports which also fits the nook.
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And the new fridge is borderline cold even at the coldest setting for the refrigerator. Freezer okay.

Hmm.

Maybe dig out that nook a little deeper?

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If the fridge is cycling on and off but not cold enough, the problem is not being enclosed.

Fridges have a wide indoor temp range; there's always surplus refrigeration capacity. The engineers don't design them so they can't keep up when the condenser is exposed to temps above like 80 -> they can go to 90+ and still cook fine.

If the condenser coil is on the bottom and it uses a condenser fan, having the back enclosed doesn't make a difference. Only if it's on the back.
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