(note, i submitted this post yesterday, but for some reason it is not showing up)
i have a GE hotpoint htr17bbs refrigerator.
there is no problem with maintaining the correct freezer and frig temps. the door gaskets appear fine.
my concern is that it works too hard (cycling on often and for a long time, and somewhat loudly). i also vacuumed the condenser coils even though there was not that much build up.
one time i had left the freezer door ajar for a few hours which of course caused the compressor and fans to run non stop and for ice to build up on the evaporator coils. could this have burned out a compressor winding? caused any other damage?
also the refrigerator is somewhat loud when it does operate.
is there a way to check "health" status of the frig? symptoms of a failing frig?
how long should the cooling cycle be on? how long should the off cycle be?
more info: according to the service manual, when the temperature setting dial is set to "5", the frig temp is supposed to be 33-39 F, and the freezer temp -2F. however, i have to set the dial to "7" ( a colder setting than 5) to get 36F and 0F,
respectively. the dial merely controls a damper, so it appears that the compressor and/or condenser fan is not working efficiently as it should.