Last week (Thursday) I noticed the items in the freezer were soft. The icemaker was still occasionally making ice, however. The frig seemed to be working fine. I removed all the items from the frig, unplugged the frig for a day and then re-plugged it in and put thermometers in both. Since then the frig temperature has stayed at a constant appropriate temp of 35. The freezer temperature has not dipped below 32.
I went various checks to see if I could find the problem. Here is what I did:
-checked door seal
-checked to see if light was turning off
-checked to see if little door in ice dispenser was closing
- removed back panel and cleaned condenser
-looked to see if condenser fan was running
-looked to see if coils in freezer were all frozen over
-checked drain in freezer
- unplugged frig and left it unplugged for 24+ hours
The freezer did not seem to be overly frosty.
-listened to see if evaporator fan is running. I think it is. I assume there are only two fans in the frig--the condenser fan and the evaporator fan? I can hear a fan running in the freezer and can feel air blowing out.
-looked to see what type of thermistors were in there. They are the open bottom kind.
-looked at the main control panel, but I don't know what I would look for. Nothing seemed obviously broken or burnt.
I'm assuming maybe the thermistor in the freezer section is broken? Or maybe the mother board?
Any suggestions or assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. My level of technical ability is pretty low. I can swap out parts and disassemble stuff. I have fixed two washers and a dryer, but those were very simple obvious problems. My general approach to fixing stuff is to open it up and see if there is anything immediately apparent.
PS: Forgot to add that although the GE diagnostics in the service manual show a control panel that is just like my frig's, there is no "hold" button to press to start the diagnostic running.