I have a GE fridge that is not cooling as it should. I did some searching here and thought I had it figured out, but I'd like to recap to make sure.
For a while now, I'd been hearing that "click-pause-click" described by others. I actually thought it was my HVAC ductwork going through thermal expansion/contraction, but now I realize it was the fridge (first "DOH!")
The other day, I thought I'd left the freezer cracked open because the temp was up a bit and things were "frosty".
This morning I noticed the freezer temp up to 16 so I wheeled it out to vac the coils. We have two dogs, so dirty coils where what I suspected.
I removed the back cover and noticed the fan spinning very slowly...There was some dog hair, but less than expected. The coils and compressor were very warm. This is where I then realized the clicking was coming from the relay/starter pack attached to the compressor. (there's that "DOH!", I mentioned)
I put a volt meter on the pink and white wires on J2 (from reading here those were for the fan and should read 11 volts. I read less than 4volts.
I work in industrial automation, so I had a spare muffin fan from a project and a 24Vdc power supply to run it. I set that up to cool the condensor. I hung this little fan on the condensor coil blowing from back to front. Since the airflow can't really go out the "front", it comes out the sides of the coils. This airflow out the sides was enough to stop the regular fan. The airflow out the other side seemed to be doing a nice job of cooling the compressor back down....
However, things never seemed to start back up. I left it be for a while and temps did not come down. The click-pause-click continued.
I also noticed one of the surface mount capacitors on the motherboard seems to have let out its magic smoke. This cap (U14, I think) is located under the connection header just to the right of J2 (J5, maybe?). The connection header this capacitor is below has nothing connected to it. There is even a little brown tell-tale of the overheat shown on the bottom of that unused connection header....
I watched that cap through a "click-pause-click" thinking I might see an arc or something...but that's an awfully small cap to be in a motor circuit. Maybe it is for the fan?
So, anyhow, I read the threads on the board and thought I might have the motherboard issue. I called GE (and confirmed elsewhere on the interwebs) and I am not in the eligible SN group. I was prepared to buy the motherboard and fan, but then I read some more on here and am wondering if I should buy a new run cap, too.
Based on these drawings...http://www.appliance...fs22sisbss.html
Do I need
801 - Main Control Board
812 - Condensor Fan Motor
811 - Overload Relay
821 - Run Cap
Some, All, None....?
What do you folks think? Thanks in advance for the help.
Edited by DurhamAppliance, 22 April 2014 - 02:51 PM.
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