GE fridge/freezer not cooling GSL25JFP


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Old 12-22-08, 12:08 PM
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GE fridge/freezer not cooling GSL25JFP

We noticed in the last few days that first our freezer, then our refridgerator, is not cooling. The lights are on and the fan is running. We have tried unplugging and plugging in a few times. We have tried adjusting the thermostat. It is not working at all, as temperature is similar to room temp. This occured right after I turned the ice maker on (control in the back). We have tried turning off to see if that makes a difference, but it hasn't. The water line is working. Would greatly appreciate help as we have family coming in for the holidays, and we haven't been able to get a repair person to the house.
 
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Old 12-22-08, 01:25 PM
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You need to pull the refrigerator out from the wall, remove any panel on the bottom that covers the compressor unit. Unplug the refrigerator for 20 minutes, turn the cold control to max. Plug the refrigerator back in and see if the compressor runs, there should be a steady hum from the compressor, and the fan by the compressor should also be running. Post back.

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Old 12-22-08, 03:09 PM
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thanks will do and post back soon
 
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Old 12-22-08, 03:42 PM
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OK, did as you suggested. Fan (white plastic deal) is definitely spinning. The condenser (black mini BBQ deal, right DC 57C84RCU6) took about 2 minutes after plugging in, but now is vibrating quietly. It is slightly warm to the touch. Both were kind of dusty from when the floors were sanded ~4 month ago so I vacuumed them for good measure. Advice?

It's been about ~60 minutes but so far not much evidence of cooling.
 

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Old 12-23-08, 08:24 AM
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Next step is to check the freezer section for problems. When you open the freezer door, you should hear the fan in the freezer section running. If that fan is running, you need to inspect the coils in the freezer section, just behind a metal panel that covers them. This is from inside the freezer section, and you will have to remove several screws to remove that panel. You have one of two problems, since the compressor is running, it will be the fan is not running in the freezer section, or those coils behind the panel are choked up with ice, preventing air flow. The second thing could be you might have a "freon" leak, causing no cooling. Check out the freezer section and post back. Anytime the compressor is running, both fans should run, and you should have a firm, solid coating of ice on all loops of the freezer coils.
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Old 12-23-08, 11:05 AM
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The freezer fan is definitely running. I can't find the freezer coils. There is just one metal plate in our freezer, which is right below the ice maker. I removed the metal plate, but it just has electrical behind it. Would the freezer coils be around the ice maker? It would make sense that the ice maker is involved, since we had problems making ice for a long time, then turned off the ice maker, then got into this trouble after turning the ice maker back on. It's room temperature in teh freezer, though, so any blocked ice would have melted. Where exactly should we look for the freezer coils? Thanks,
 
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Old 12-23-08, 05:40 PM
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The coils in question normally start about 1/4 way down from the top of the freezer section, and may down to within 5 inches of the bottom of the freezer section. The fan you hear is above the coils, and pulls air in from the bottom of the coils through those slits in the bottom of that metal panel, and out the top to the freezer section, and part of the air then goes through a passage way into the refrigerator section. It doesn't sound like good news, if the freezer is at room temp, and the compressor is running. If that is the case, it would seem your sealed system has developed a leak, but to be sure you need to double check the compressor to make sure it is running. The way this works is, if the compressor is running, the freezer section has to be cooler than room temp, or you have a system problem, either a loss of "freon", of a restriction, stopping the flow of coolant. If it is less than 5 years old, the sealed system may be under warranty.

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Old 12-28-08, 07:30 AM
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The giveaway is you had trouble with the ice maker making ice. The Freezer must be below 12*F. for the ice maker to properly work. Sounds like a system problem.
 
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ge side by side refrigerator

i have a ge refrigerator that we have turned up but is keeping a minimum cooling and the ice looks like its melting it has a automatic ice maker.....
 
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Hi jungbug:
Can you post the model #? Things to check- are the fans running? Is the compressor running? Check the coil in the freezer section to see if it's frosted over or bare. Are the coils underneath plugged solid with dirt? Usually the first thing folks to is turn the controls to a colder setting. The middle of the range is fine. Example- control is numbered- 1 to 9 set it at 4.5 or 5. Let us know what you find. Thanks.
 
 

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