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#1 bobede

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 01:09 PM

Hi guys,

I have a GE refrigerator, model TBF14SKC. Recently we've had some hot weather and the fridge started running constantly. I pulled it away from the wall and vacuumed all the dust off the coils on the back of the fridge. It's still running. The temperature in the fridge area has dropped and things started thawing in the freezer. I'm assuming from reading some of the other posts here, that I have a defrost problem. I also noticed that the compressor was quite hot, so I unplugged the fridge. There is a small black knob at the back of the refrigerator compartment under the light bulb. Can I put it into defrost mode by turning that knob? Should I be trying that at all?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Bob


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Posted 12 June 2005 - 01:43 PM

Was the fan underneath the fridge, in back, running?

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 01:57 PM

I can feel some air moving there, so I think the fan is running.

 

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 04:18 PM

Need more detailed information.  The food comp. gets its cold air from the frreezer,  If the freezer is thawing does not make sense the food side temp is going down, should be warming up??  If the compressor is real hot, sounds like it might be kicking out on the overload??
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Posted 12 June 2005 - 05:27 PM

Doh! Sorry. You're right the temp in the food compartment is rising / warmer, not dropping. see what drinking warm beer is doing to me.:P

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 05:57 PM

See if the fan in the freezer is running and the cond. fan, if it has one.  Sounds like the compressor is overheating.  If all fans are running and the cond. is clean might have a compressor going down.  See if can cool it down with box fan?  If still runs hot, may be a gonner..
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Posted 13 June 2005 - 03:19 AM

I had the fridge unplugged all night, and no evidence of water anywhere. This morning I removed the cover from the back at the bottom. Lots of lint there around the fan. I cleaned that up and plugged it in. The fan is running. The fan in the freezer is running as well. I'll leave it run and see what happens. If it seems to be overheating, I'll try your box fan idea.

Thanks for your help Pegi.

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 06:20 AM

Pegi

Looks like you were right. After it ran for a while, I heard a click. I'm guessing that it was the thermal overload. The compressor must be on its' last legs. Looks like I'll be shopping for a new fridge. Oh well, I bought it used and got five years out of it. I guess that isn't too bad.

Thanks again for your help!


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Posted 13 June 2005 - 08:07 AM

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