Hi again all, sorry I've been AWOL. Life gets like that for me at times but I'll try to check in more often.
I've got a real nice lady with a scratch and dent Adora fridge, M# DSHS5PGXAESS. If you didn't groan after reading that then you should know that S&D means they took the tech sheet out of the unit before selling it as scratch and dent... yea, now you can groan. On the bright side, for some odd reason they didn't scrape the model number stickers the way they're supposed to. Anywho...
What I've got is both sides are warming about 8-10 degrees over a few days. Normally I'd be thinking sealed system but in this case the customer said that just before the warming started the evap fan motor began a pattern of 4 seconds on, 4 seconds off, 4 seconds on, etc.
I've verified that... the noise is really annoying too. The fan sounds normal but the way it comes on and goes off gets under your skin in a way that you can't ignore no matter how you try. No wonder she called.
There's no frost on the back wall of the freezer and the fan actually started running constantly after I'd had the freezer door open for a while. The fan then went back to on/off/on/off when the freezer got down to about 12-13 degrees F.
1) Anyone familiar with the evap fan mot 4sec on 4 sec off pattern here? What was your experience?
2) At this point I don't feel it's appropriate to settle on any diagnosis until I can get a thermistor check. Does anyone know how to run the GE diag's from the dispenser panel on these things? (I can do it from the digital temp panel on a GSS/PSS but I've never had to do it from the dispenser controls on this thing.)
I know it sounds like a sealed system issue but the fact is that the system and fan are doing what the main board is telling them to do and I'm not convinced that the evaporator is too warm. I'm actually thinking that the airflow is the issue and it's clearly caused by the wonky fan action... which has me thinking thermistor or board.
I have my pride but I'm not going to tell her to junk a $1500 fridge that might only need a thermistor until I'm sure of the diagnosis... worst case scenario is that I have to tell her to call for GE service because they're the only ones who can get the tech sheet. If I absolutely have to do that then I'll hate it, but I will.
But you wonderful, nice, easily flattered people can save me all this pain if you happen to know where I can get instructions for the DSHS style diagnostics and a tech sheet for this monster :c)