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Older GE top freezer wide temp swings

Model TBX21CI

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#1 Curtacoma

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:29 PM

I recently bought this fridge for the garage (having elected not to fix my GE side by side again) and don't know much about it other than it has been used very little for a fridge built in 1997 - it's in absolutely perfect cosmetic condition. Plugged it in and it cooled right off to zero in the freezer and about 37 in the fridge. Seemed to cycle through ok for a couple of days in an 8 - 10 degree freezer range. After about 3 days I hadn't heard it run in a while, checked the freezer and it was nearly 40! I was thinking it was done cooling when it kicked on and cooled back down to near zero. Was fine again for a few days, then did the same thing. I'm sure I'm not catching it every time it suffers global warming but it appears to be fine for a couple of days, then does the big melt-up once before cooling off again and being fineagain for a while.

Hoping this is a very simple fridge, sure looks like it. Tried looking at parts but the link seems to be broken.

Thanks in advance for the help. Even if I end up calling someone it helps to have an idea what's going on before I head down that road.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:58 PM

The Cold Control is sensing the Fridge temperature.
What is the temperature in your garage ?

TBX21CIxxxxx
depending on the missing (5) characters of your (23 different) model numbers,
this may be your Cold Control
http://www.repaircli...?R=154&N=311077

 

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:15 PM

The fridge is actually inside at the moment, as we were using it as a backup for the failing GE side-by-side - until we figure out a permanent solution - so regular room temp. The full model number is TBX21CIZBRWW.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:11 AM

http://www.repaircli...er=TBX21CIZBRWW

The GMF did it again.
That is the correct cold control.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

Thanks, will order it today, looks pretty easy to put in. Parts I can replace, I just don't have any diagnostic equipment or experience. If I knew for sure another bad board was why the side-by-side doesn't work I'd just replace that too, but its kind of a pricey part to be wrong on and replace needlessly. Ad I suppose it would just go bad again in 2 years anyway.

So this top freezer model in questions seems like a nice simple design. Is 1997 pre-motherboard-in-everything I hope? It's in such good condition I may end up leaving it i the kitchen for a while.

Thanks again for the help!

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:50 PM

Start another post regarding the other refrigerator and we will help you diagnose it.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:31 PM

I did a couple of weeks ago, it's here: http://appliantology...631#entry230631

Replacing parts is within my capabilities, diagnosis not so much.........

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:31 PM

The cold control has arrived. I assume it goes somewhere behind the panel in the freezer? So looks like probably need to remove the ice maker first?
Hope this works, the problem is really intermittent - like maybe once a week or so (though it probably also happens a bit when I don't catch it).
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:36 PM

It is part #300 in this diagram and goes in the fresh food(beer) compartment.
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