GE Refrigerator Not Cooling
Coils Iced Up
I have a GE side by side, model GSL25JFPDBS, purchased late 2005. Fridge side started getting warm on Friday, suddenly cold again Sunday,then warmed back up and stayed warm - hasn't been below 56 since. Ordered defrost thermostat and thermistor (replaced the one on tube above defrost thermostat) and replaced them on Wednesday. While waiting for those parts to arrive, Tuesday morning I got up to my freezer having thawed. Answer
Wednesday, after replacing those parts, freezer cooled off enough to freeze stuff, but temp is all over the place. BTW - when I opened the panel over the coils, there was a little frost on the lower coils - since it'd been
non-functioning during the night, I figured the coils had thawed and that replacing the parts I did would fix the prob. But freezer temp never settled down, and the fridge is still 56. Today I replaced the thermistor in the damper assembly on fridge side and when I restarted the unit, the damper did open - but then must have closed and stayed closed. I can push it a little
from freezer side and it slowly swings up, stays for a bit, then closes again. Fridge is still 56-60. Right now, freezer is just below 30; earlier today it was at 7.
I'm about to go take the back panel off to see if the coils are still clean or
I've opened the freezer door and stood there for a minute or so - sometimes the
fan comes on, sometimes it doesn't.
Late last week we did have some rolling power outages and I'm afraid the motherboard might be my real problem. I put the fridge ona surge protector yesterday before I restarted the unit after replacing the parts in the freezer
I live out in the middle or nowhere - there are no licensed/bonded repair people out here - the nearest wants $250 just to come out whether he can fix it or not - no can do. I'm down to the point of just ordering a motherboard and
praying a lot - but hoping for an opinion from you on my logic. I'm a single mom and can't buy a new fridge, so I'll take any input I can get.
If you leave the door open to the refrigerator for three minutes the fan should come on and if not I believe you have a main board problem but it could be the fan or both. See this page for more GE Refrigerator Fan Motor Diagnostics
When you replaced the thermistor and the defrost thermostat did the coils look blocked with ice like the ones on this page GE Refrigerator Not Cooling
? I also put the picture at the top of this page.
If so did you get all the ice melted and is it back like that again?
It is normal for the damper to close when you have the doors open to the refrigerator, you can press the door switch to see if it opens back up.
If all checks ok replace the main board.
I hope this helps!