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GE Refrigerator running too long

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Hi:

It is 15 years old. In the past two years, it has taken the compressor to run a long time for it to reach a stopping point. It gets as cold as before. I cleaned the bottom grill area. What should I do? It requires R-12. Is that the problem? Thanks.      Ed

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Model and serial numbers........:bathead:

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     Ed.  The Force is saying you need to get a hobby, or a puppy, or something, and stop paying attention to how long your refrigerator is running.  Is your ice cream hard enough?  Is your milk going sour?  Are your eggs or sodas or veggies freezing?  NO?  Good! It's fifteen.  Unless it's something minor, when it dies buy a new one.

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Ed,  if you will provide the model number I would like to see if it has one of the defective rotary compressors that slowly went down over months so the ref. kept running too long because it was not pumping effectivly, please.  Pegi

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Hi:

I only see a long number : 203C2570P002.

Thanks a million.

Ed

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Model number help here.

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Ed the model number should start with 2 or 3 letters like  TFX   something like that, you should find this above the toe panel down by the right door hinge on the FF side or a tag somewhere inside of the FF side.   Pegi

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Hi:

The model is GE, TBX18SLG.

Thanks. Ed

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Ed, this model does not appear to have the defective compressor.  So check your condenser coil under the frig.  This needs to be cleaned twice a year and may be clogged?  If that is ok, remove the back panel in your freezer after removing the food and shelves and look at the frost pattern on the evaperator.  If the whole coil has a light frost this is normal between defrost cycles.  If it is clogged with ice, you have a defrost problem.  If only part of the coil is frosted you my have a sealed system problem developing which would entail an expensive sealed system repair or a compressor going down.  Check these things and let us know what you find and any more details you might think of.  Pegi

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Have you found out anything yet????  Pegi

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It is too old and not worth of any major repair

Use it until it die and save your money for a new one.

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Hi Pegi:

How are you? Thank you for your replies.

The GE is still kicking. I need to either buy a new one or fix it. Are these cheap ones, Americana at Home Depot, for example, worth it? I live alone so the size 15 or 16 CFT is OK.

Any chance that I could just get a technician to fill my GE with R-12 for $100 or less? I am a teacher so this is the best solution if reasonable.

Regards,

Ed

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Might call around and get rates, would have to recover what is in there, find and repair the leak  and evacuate the system and recharge it...just putting freon in would not help much since you would still have air and freon mixed, which would not give good heat & cool transfer and would leak back out again.....do not know of any Americanas, the Roper and Estates are Whirlpool and are nicely priced...who makes the Americana???

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you know.....it could be something as simple as one of the doors not closing properly or a torn door seal or a bad evaporator fan or a bad door switch making the light stay on and causing a heat source or as pegi said the condensor is clogged with 15 yrs of lint and dust or ......many things that would be cheap to fix.......

whats with the freon paranoia???

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[user=5710]bigger hammer[/user] wrote:

whats with the freon paranoia???

oh, just a 50 thousand dollar fine to you and 250 k to your employer for knowingly allowing a controlled substance(which is now banned and not available) to enter the atmosphere- see meech lake accord and worldwide global warming reduction efforts.  i just knew they were  leaving something out in b.c. when they can whip you through a college course in a couple of months and say your license is equivalent to the one that takes a 4 year apprenticeship to obtain in alberta.  on this side of the rockies,we cannot "top up" any system- leak must be located and repaired,or unit condemned- end of story- at that time,tech must fill out supporting paperwork with license number-attach one to fridge,one to employer and one to government dept. that oversees enforcement- an industry standard. this has been in effect for a number of years now.

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[user=637]kdog[/user] wrote:

oh, just a 50 thousand dollar fine to you and 250 k to your employer for knowingly allowing a controlled substance(which is now banned and not available) to enter the atmosphere- see meech lake accord and worldwide global warming reduction efforts. 

Why, this reminds me of a story, what was it... ah, yes, The Story of O

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i don't disagree with that,it's all a master scam anyway- next is tax on carbon dioxide (how long can you hold yer breath)- but it is the law as i learned it,makes me sound impo'tant,and is as close to law as i'll ever get. i can think of other o's that i'd rather pursue.

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[user=5710]bigger hammer[/user] wrote:

whats with the freon paranoia???

Don't you know thats the first thing you're supposed to check?

Based on a true story,

 

Ring Ring Ring

Me:  Hello ABC appliance.

Caller: Yes I have a refrigerator thats not getting cold.

Me:  Would you like us to come check it out?

Caller: Yeah but I think I already know what’s wrong with it.

Me:  Really? What do you think is wrong with it?

Caller: I think its just out of  “Freezon”.

Me: What makes you say that?

Caller: Well its more than 15 years old and I think it’s finally starting to run out. I think if you just filled it up it would be ok.

 

 

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Dang Ed,  That fridge aughta be bout 16 by now.  Have you been gathering data?   Do you have a legal pad with your refrigerator's run times logged in it?  Is the run time increasing?

Enough about refrigerators for a minute.  I have meditated.  I have contemplated.  I have stared into the bubbling acrylic cylinder.  I have been at one with the Force.  Yet I still can't get over how much this picture of a woman

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looks almost exactly like this picture of my dog.

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Is it just me or do you see a resemblance?

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Dayyam, Jedi, that picture of that woman was so good that now I need to have a smoke while I bask in the afterglow.

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[user=2]Jedi Appliance Guy[/user] wrote:

looks almost exactly like this picture of my dog.

Is it just me or do you see a resemblance?

Yes...the resemblance is striking isn't it?

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Wait, I'm confused, Gmaxx: is that the dog or the woman?

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the freon paranoia comment i made was because hes stuck on the idea that if someone came and gave the fridge a shot of freon it would magically fix it. i was not trying to imply that "topping it up" is in any way standard practice.....well at least not mine. i personally dont even use the epoxy patches on evaporators cause i dont trust them. 

we follow the same CFC/freon rules here in bc. we cant even buy freon without presenting our licence. and yes our company keeps logs on any system work wether its charging or recovering.we are also required to put a sticker with our company info and cfc cert when dumping a fridge at the scrap yard. but who is gonna stop joes, bills, ernies appliance from not doing that? as long as you go to the dump in an unmarked van you tell them its from your house they take 10 dollars and tell you they will properly dispose of it. so it comes down to personal responsibility/company practice.

now wether a cfc licence is obtained in a few months or a 4 yr apprentice program does it really matter? its what ethical work habits one has behind closed doors what counts. how long does it take to learn safe and proper freon recovery/sealed system repair ? i agree 4yrs apprenticing will definatelly aid in better diagnosing/repair skills and overall knowledge. and you could also probably do a compressor swap in half the time i could. but it means nothing if a person with 20yrs experience isnt gonna follow the proper handling procedures

just cause that 15 yr old kid making my burger a mc d's has a food safe certificate doesnt guarantee he washed his hands after taking a whiz

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[user=5710]bigger hammer[/user] wrote:

the freon paranoia comment i made was because hes stuck on the idea that if someone came and gave the fridge a shot of freon it would magically fix it.

Yep..thats how I read it. :)

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[user=1]Samurai Appliance Repair Man[/user] wrote:

Wait, I'm confused, Gmaxx: is that the dog or the woman?

A little of both ...a mixed breed...thats near sighted.

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