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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:18 PM

does it PASS the Thermistor tests ?


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:57 PM

Oh solder!  I can do that.  Much much easier. 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:02 PM

does it PASS the Thermistor tests ?

 

In the cold water?  I have no idea.  They are hooked up.  And probably not hooked up well I'm thinking. 

 

Like I said - I hooked up 2 new thermistors today in the fridge and my temps went up to - right now reading 50.  Something is MAJOR wrong.  It was 37 before I replaced those. 

 

On the Control Panel - yes - they all pass. 


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:23 AM

I think it's a sealed system problem from the looks of one of the earlier and the most recent picture of the frost pattern on the evaporator.

 

The last evaporator frost picture shown has way to much frost impeding airflow through evaporator so refrig section is warming up.  The frost build up is happening because it never thinks it's cold enough so that defrost works properly, the top section of evaporator isn't frosting so the defrost thermistor is too warm so defrost ends early or never occurs and frost continues to build up then blocks airflow.

 

Need to completely defrost the evaporator again, put evaporator cover panel back on with a few screw and let it run for about 2 hours then take the cover off and post another picture of  the frost pattern after running the 2 hours starting with a freshly/completely defrosted evaporator.   If the bottom 2/3 to 3/4 of the evaporator are frosted good and again you see the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the coils just wet and sweaty then it's going to be low on freon.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:45 AM

OK, thanks.  I will do that and post the results back ASAP. 



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:12 AM

I think it's a sealed system problem from the looks of one of the earlier and the most recent picture of the frost pattern on the evaporator.

The last evaporator frost picture shown has way to much frost impeding airflow through evaporator so refrig section is warming up. The frost build up is happening because it never thinks it's cold enough so that defrost works properly, the top section of evaporator isn't frosting so the defrost thermistor is too warm so defrost ends early or never occurs and frost continues to build up then blocks airflow.

Need to completely defrost the evaporator again, put evaporator cover panel back on with a few screw and let it run for about 2 hours then take the cover off and post another picture of the frost pattern after running the 2 hours starting with a freshly/completely defrosted evaporator. If the bottom 2/3 to 3/4 of the evaporator are frosted good and again you see the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the coils just wet and sweaty then it's going to be low on freon.


https://picasaweb.go...208254262891922

I would clean off your condenser coils (the ones in the back by the compressor) with compressed air or some shop vacuums can blow air by switching the hose location...

Looking at the frost in the picture that was posted earlier, (link above) I'm a skeptic of a sealed system problem.

Is your compressor running and running and running all the time?

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 01:46 PM

Well cr@p.  The fridge refuses to go into defrost mode via the control panel.  That must be that *error to the control board* thing.  I keep watching to see if it will go into it on it's on.  The temp on the fridge side HAS come down though to a normal level - I think I saw it at 35 at one point.  It's still fluctuating though. 

 

DH is busy looking for a new one.  I read the PDF on recommended brands - I can't believe GE is one of them - I guess that's more because they are easy to work on?  There's LG but I don't see any at Sears Outlet here at our store - just the Sears Elite model :( 

I know ya'll said to stay away from Sears Brand. 



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 02:53 PM

{{Dazed & Confused}}  The heater never came on but it defrosted.  How is this possible? 

 

Temps are now 42 Freezer  49 Fridge

 

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:24 PM

Live @ 5

 

Temp in Freezer 23

Temp in Fridge   42

 

https://picasaweb.go...670199793765842



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:31 PM

Here's the whole album link side by side photos

 

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:29 PM

What are the first three letters of your serial number?

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:38 PM

What are the first three letters of your serial number?

 

Serial Number  FF403443

 

Model Number  PSS26SGPA



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:56 PM

Weird.  All of the sudden I can't edit my post - although I'm still an apprentice.  The edit button is gone.

 

micabay - this isn't my first time replacing the motherboard - if that's the reason you wanted my serial number.  I'm on my second one now.  Gotta love GE.  Anytime I Google my model number that OMG post comes up in Google. 



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:12 PM

There is an extra step on the board installation involved on certain encoder models that can easily be missed. Yours isn't one of them.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:26 PM

I'm a girl.  I read instructions :) 



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:26 PM

... Yours isn't one of them.
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:34 PM

Temps are dropping with the cover on.

 

Fridge  35

 

Freezer  9

 

Have not pulled it out to try and clean the underside of the condenser.  That's the only side I have not cleaned.  Well, maybe the top side.  The back and front are clean. 



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:37 PM

Is the compressor continuously running?

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:43 PM

Temps are dropping with the cover on.

Fridge 35

Freezer 9

Have not pulled it out to try and clean the underside of the condenser. That's the only side I have not cleaned. Well, maybe the top side. The back and front are clean.


Compressed air works great for getting to those areas. Makes a mess of the rest of the room but well worth your effort.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:45 PM

Is the compressor continuously running?

 

DH says it is as far as he can tell.  (I am hearing impaired so it is hard for me to hear it)

 

Temp on the freezer side is now down to 7

 

I stuck my head in the freezer and I can hear it running though. 






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