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GE Profile: un-cold beer and ice cream

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We recently moved to a new house with a 10 y/o GE SxS fridge.

Model: TPX24PRYA

The fridge has over the last few weeks been losing its cooling ability. With both the thermo and baffle set to MAX, the fridge mins out at 40-45 deg and the freeze at 15-25 deg. This is the COLDest - and with kids opening the doors its often much warmer. (It seemed colder when we first moved in and weren't paying attention.)

The thing runs almost all the time. The evaporator fan runs, and the compressor fan runs. The evaporator fan can hold up a peice of paper covering the vents in the back of the freezer. We vacuumed the dust off the evaporator coils. The condenser coils don't appear frosted - instead the defrost appears to click in every several hours or less. If we do hear the fans go off, it signals the start of a defrost cycle.

Is this too often a defrost cycle?

There is no frost build up in the freezer, nor in any of the three holes between freezer and fridge.

Any thoughts on what the problem might be?

Replace defrost timer? (Simple, cheap first try?)

Problem in the pressurized stuff in back?

A/C the house down to 50 deg so this crappy fridge can cool the rest of the way down to 38?

Thanks,

Mark

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The defrost timer will go into defrost every several hours on time, could not care less if the box is cold or warm.  Remove the stuff inside of  the freezer so you can access the evaperator coil at the bottom part inside of the freezer section but leave the box running as we want you to tell us what the frost pattern looks like when you take the bottom rear panel off and expose the evaperator coil in the cooling mode.  I suspect you might see a partial frost pattern.

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Thanks for the response

OK - that was a bit of fun... I'm sure it'll be more fun putting it back together.

The coils are actually weird fuzzy wire-brush looking things. There is frost on the bottom few of like 20 runs. But its only been about an hour or so since the last defrost...

When will I be able to determine a partial frost pattern?

Better yet, what does that mean? Pressure stuff?

Mark

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Ok, the whole coil should be frosted, if only part of the coil is frosted sounds like you have a sealed system problem.  Freon leak, inefficent compressor, partial restriction.   Any of these problem will be very costly to have repaired by a professional service tech. If you replace it please do not buy another G.E., shop for a nice Whirlpool,  Roper, Estate, Kitchenaid.  The simpler the better.

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Again, thanks for the info.

The bottom half of the coil is frosted. The top half is not. Any way this could be a cheap thing?

Another thing, when the fans/compressor switches off, there is a sound like a steel ball rolling across a steel bowl. I guess that's not a "normal" sound. Dying compressor? Low freon or leak?

Given that we took possession 4 weeks ago, is this just "stuff happens" or something else?

Mark

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[user=2879]MRN2[/user] wrote:

Any way this could be a cheap thing?

Sealed system work may be cheap, but never inexpensive. The tea leaves tell me $500.

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[user=2879]MRN2[/user] wrote:

The coils are actually weird fuzzy wire-brush looking things.

Ah yes..the GEs with the evaporator made out of razor blades. If you think I'm kidding, put your finger on it, you'll see what I mean. I wouldn't be inclined to invest anything in this, given your description. I don't know if you got one of those "home warranty" deals with your home, might be worth checking if you have one.

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Thanks for the responses. The local servive techs I spoke with concur - probably $500 or more. And on a 10 y/o fridge didn't seem like a good avenue to pursue.

The new one won't be a GE.

Is there anything productive to be done with the ice maker and shelves and baskets?

M.

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Might save the ice maker in case a friend or relative might need one in the future??

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