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GE side by side Fridge is uncool


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#1 Motter Tektura

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:42 AM

We have a GE Fridge, TFX245JC, purchased 12/87.

It's old but looks pretty good and the doors seal. We moved it to the garage as a second fridge last November, and this week it quit cooling on both sides. I thought it might be dirt, so I cleaned everything "down there" and plugged it back in. The fan came on for about 3 seconds and clicked off. Then nothing. Is it a switch? A circuit breaker? Or has the compressor passed on?

I don't mind getting rid of it, but if it just needs a switch or a recharge, (ie: something cheap to fix) I'll try to keep it going. Also, any thoughts on keeping a fridge in the garage? Which ones are best for this type of duty?

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:47 AM

Which fan, in the freezer or by the compressor.  If the condenser fan motor by the compressor, it runs thru the compressor windings so if it comes on and shuts off and you hear the dreaded hummmm/click sounds like the compressor is locked down.  The ref's cannot take the heat or cold normally found in a garage, need to be kept in an ambient temperature of about 60* to 90* F.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:51 AM

The fan by the compressor is the one that kicked on, then off. I never heard any clicking or anything. The only thing that works is the light inside.

I know they really aren't made for those temp extremes out there, but in Florida, the winters are too bad, it's the summer that's a killer. The garage is "sorta" insulated, but probably gets up around 90 during the dog days. (like right now).

How about that Sears fridge with the Craftsman label that is marketed to go out there. Any background on that?
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:03 AM

"""Sears fridge with the Craftsman label"""  Do what???  Never heard of this.  I bet if you listen real careful next to the compressor you will hear the hum/click, or hold you hand on it and will feel it vibrate then stop.  Sears makes NOTHING, is made for them and the Kenmore name is slapped on the front.  I would sure like to see the model #, three numbers, then a dot, then 7-8 numbers, of this Craftsman frig to see who is making this thing.  Black and Decker???   Stanley tools who make the Craftsman tools???   Would love more information on this please!!!   PLease?

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:28 AM

Here's a link to the Sears fridge:
http://www.sears.com...pid=04604363000

Maybe it didn't have a Craftsman label, it was just in the tool department... has treadplate front and looks pretty rugged.

Here's another link to a description of that fridge in action:
http://www.katherine...0&id=125&pid=96

Looks like a beefed up Whirlpool.

So if the compressor on my GE is clicking, is it terminal? Can it be brought back to life? I'll have to check that when I get home. Anything else to look/listen for?
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:31 AM

Yes, it could be the start relay on the compressor, worth having this checked, if it is bad could replace it.  Thanks for the links!!!!  Will look at them now!!  :D
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:56 AM

Yep, this is made by Whirlpool, and is made for Garages where it is hotter and colder than in the home.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:07 AM

Here is a link to the Whirlpool model.....same model number so it might have the Whirlppool name on it.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:13 AM

Here is their new outdoor frig too.....
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:44 AM

Well, you gotta admit, anyone born with a wrench in his hand is going to love the Gladiator, especially if it keeps the beer cold and handy!

But, until I decide to drop the ¥110,155.43 for that one, how do I test the starter relay on the gem I already have? Will my voltmeter provide any insight? Do I need to take it off the ref?

Where is it located and where do I find the part number? I didn't see it listed on the part search, but I did note that I have about $4,000 worth of useable parts if I decide to part it out. $10 for a temp control knob?!? Bidders step right up!
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:05 AM

LOL, yes the parts are always worth more than the whole.  The relay, overload are on the side of the compressor.  Can take them off after the frig is unplugged and take them to a repair shop to be tested.  Take your model number also as they will need that to get the part number since it most likely will not be on the relay.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:23 AM

Thanks for the advice. I'll let you know what I find out.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:29 AM

Welcome and thanks....  ;)
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Posted 28 July 2005 - 10:56 AM

Sensei,

I have examined the compressor area and only found one part that I could remove with any ease at all. It has been identified as the capacitor, (210Z15UF) but not tested yet.

I did not see the relay starter or anything else from that vantage point. Could the capacitor be causing this type of problem?

I guess at this point I should just bite the bullet and call in a professional, unless you have any other words of wisdom.

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From the capacitor:
JSU21X156CQA 210V15 U50

210Z15UF 50-60HZ

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 11:34 AM

Sounds like someone already put a "hard start" kit on this golden oldie due to past issues with the compressor having problems getting up and running. Alas, it appears to be the end of the road :violin:
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Posted 28 July 2005 - 11:48 AM

Assuming this model number is TFXSJC, there is no TFX5JC, I would not waste any money on this frig., this has one of the rotary compressors that were defective.  If this does not look like your compressor please provide the correct model number.  Ref, # 733-relay...#729  capacitor, #735 over load.

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 01:07 PM

Rotary compressor..never even occurred to me :(. You've done well getting this far with one of those. Lady Pegi, as ever, speaks with wisdom much in excess of her years :D.
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Posted 28 July 2005 - 01:19 PM

Thanks Mad Mac, I feel younger already!!  Creak....Creak.....:P
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