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r_l_anderson

GE TFH22PRS Freezer works, refrigerator doesn't

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Hi,

The freezer compartment works great, current temp is about 7 degrees.   The refrigerator compartment is about 50 degrees, with the control set at maximum setting of 7.

This refregerator has been setting idle in the garage for about 7 years.  I pluged it in about 10 days ago.

What do you think the problem could be?  Thanks

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Sounds like an air distribution problem.   All your cold air is made in the freezer and portion of that is blown into the beer compartment to cool it off.  Sounds like the cold air from teh freezer isn't making it into the beer compartment.  Start there.

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Also make sure the light in the food compartment is shutting off when the door is closed....

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I assume the cold air from the freezer gets to the beer compartment thru some sort of duct.  With some way to control the air flow?  Where is this accessed?  From the back or inside?

Thanks

Richard

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Either the freezer control is set to coldest, which blocks the air to the food compartment or you might have a defrost problem...see if there is ice/frost on the rear panel when you open the freezer door.

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Hello - I could not bring up a pic of that model number. Just double check the label on the frig itself and see if there are more letters for me.

If this is a side by side there are two holes that go between the freezer / refigerator wall divider that allow the air to circulate. The top hole blows the air into the refrig side. The bottom hole is the return. Make sure they are both open and unobstructed. And I am sorry if this is a top freezer and I don't know it. But if it is there is a hole in the center rear bottom of the freezer that allows air to blow into the freezer. On both types please make sure that the fan in the freeaer (evaporator fan motor) is blowing.

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Hi,

Thanks for the responses.    It is side by side.  I'm at work now, but will look for better model number.  That number came from a sticker inside the door of the refrigerator side.

Where is the access to the "two holes that go between the freezer / refigerator wall divider that allow the air to circulate"?  Inside the unit or behind the unit?  Thanks.

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inside the unit in the wall that devides the freezer and the refrigerator. The return may be behind a vegtable bim. The top one will be beind some plastic

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Sounds like another air distribution problem.  The article below about this same problem  in the Maytag side-by-sides has lots of a application to the problem with your GE:

http://fixitnow.com/2005/06/field-notes-maytag-side-by-side.htm

And be sure to read this article on how the controls work in your fridge:

http://fixitnow.com/2004/09/appliance-repair-revelation-cold-facts.htm

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Hi,

Thanks everyone for your help.  Last night I think I may have found the problem.  In the freezer compartment, near the top close to where the air is moved from the freezer to the refrigerator, is a fan motor.  That motor is not operating.  After I have unplugged the ice maker and light wiring plugs, the fan motor should still operate; correct?  The shaft on the motor was stuck.  I freed it up with some penetrating oil, but the motor still doen't work.

Also, is there another fan motor used for the evaporator or does this one serve both purposes?  If so, why would the temp in the freezer still be getting cold (7 degree). 

Any guesses about the cost for a replacement motor.

Richard

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Also, I found additional info on the model number.

On the back is TFH22PRSM AA.  There are other numbers, but I don't think they are the model#: DL255671 and CF22A-PL.

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TFH22PRSAAA

SIDE BY SIDE REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

TFH22PRSABB

SIDE BY SIDE REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

TFH22PRSAWW

SIDE BY SIDE REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

TFH22PRSBAA

REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

TFH22PRSBBB

REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

TFH22PRSBWW

REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

TFH22PRSMAA

SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

TFH22PRSMBB

SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

TFH22PRSMWW

SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC

Here are the possible model numbers for your frig, the tag on  the door does not have the whole model number, have to get it off of the tag inside of the food comp.  The ice maker and the light switch have nothing to do with the evap. fan motor running, it runs when the thermostat gives power to the compressor and runs when the compressor is running.  Your fan motor is shot and has to be replaced.  This blows the air into the freezer and the food side, with this not running the freezer is just getting cold from being close to the evap coil.  You might have a bit of ice built up in the box if this has been out for long so you might be doing some defrosting.  The motor part number is WR60X188 for all of these model numbers shown here and costs around $40.00 or so.

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OK,

I got the fan motor and installed it last night.  It may be running backwards; I'm not sure.  The motor has three wires.  The green one is a wire that is grounded to the freezer compartment.  That one I have attached correctly.  The other two wires are black and orange (maybe red).  I could have switched the position of those two.  If they are switched in position, I assume the the motor will run in reverse direction.  Is that true?  If so, how do I know the direction that the motor should be running?

The motor is near the top of the compartment.  Should the fan blow air down toward the evaporator or does it pull air up thru the evaporator from below ?

Thanks.

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The two wires are just in and out, does not matter which goes where.  The motor will not run backwards but the blade can be installed reversed. Also the position of the blade on the shaft is critical for proper air flow.  Would pull the air up from the evaperator coil into the air vents in the freezer and food compartment.

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