How much $$$ to fix GE refrigerator that intermittently stops cooling?
Our 6-7 year old GE refrigerator sometimes will stop cooling, especially the freezer portion. We hear it running, but it is not getting cold enough. If we unplug it for several minutes and plug it back in, it will usually start working again…. perhaps for several days before this happens again. Thus, we don’t feel that it is a problem with the coolant itself, as the refrigerator is capable of cooling. I wonder if it is the defrost timer? Or if it is a problem with the compressor? Is it likely that we would have to replace the compressor altogether? I hate to pay $70 for the service repair man just to come out and look at it. The refrigerator only cost us $500 to begin with. We might just get a new refrigerator at the Scratch-N-Dent store, if it costs too much to fix.
James Conley answers:
It could be the compressor overload. This device shuts off the compressor if it is overheating or the amp draw is too high.
The fridge may sound like it is running but compressor will not be.
The cause or overheating could be from a dirty condenser coil keeping the heat from being drawn off the coil, condenser fan motor not working (if it uses one), weak or burnt electrical connections (causing amp draw to be too high).
Usually when a defrost timer is defective the refrigerator side quits cooling first as the freezer side cooling coils gets blocked with frost and no or little airflow gets to the refrigerator side. Also when the timer is in the defrost mode the fan in the freezer portion stops and all you would hear is a slight crackling or hissing as ice is being defrosted from the coils.
Unplugging the unit for a few minutes may be just allowing the compressor overload to cool off enough to restart. I would check for a dirty coil first. Some models have there condenser coils located at the bottom. Access would be through the bottom front grille and the rear bottom cover.
Refrigerator quit working suddenly—HELP I have kids!!!!!?
OK-so last night, when I went to the freezer to get something for dinner, I noticed everything was softening—-I have another freezer, so I moved everything over to it. I checked the fridge, and at the time, nothing seemed to be wrong with it—I went back a couple hours later, and all the ice in the freezer was melted, and the fridge was warming—–I have unplugged it and plugged it back in, the lights are on it when I open the door, and it still makes that “running” sound—-what do you suppose my issue could be? I can’t get someone out here until next week, and I have children that need milk and such……..
James Conley answers:
It is probably the compressor, which is very expensive to fix. Call in a service man just to look at it and ask him how much it will be to repair. In the meantime, I would purchase a very small refrigerator, those college type and use that or buy a big ice chest and fill it with ice and just place your milk, butter and essentials in there till you can decide what you have to do. My refrigerator went after 17 years and it would have cost too much to repair so we bought a GE side by side and it cost $1,100. It is fabulous. I am really enjoying my new refrigerator..with all its bells and whistles. I wish you well. What you could do is ask a neighbor to hold some things for you in their frig for a while..
My 2001 GE refridgerator stopped working.?
The cooling stopped working. I have a home warrenty that will cover the cost of fridge,but they cant be here for another week and a half. The model number is PSS27MGMB BB. I just wanted to know if someone can tell me how I can go ahead and try to fix this. Thank You.
James Conley answers:
Even if you can repair it yourself (which is possible if the cause
of the trouble is a failed defrost timer, but that’s about it),
you will not be able to recover any of the cost.
>>Many refrigerators are unnecessarily junked
due to the failure of electromechanical defrost timers.
These parts are usually located underneath the cabinet,
either at the front or at the back.
Look for an irregularly shaped mass about the size of a fist
with four or five wires connected to it.
Many, if not all, have either a shaft that protrudes
and which can be turned with your fingers,
or something that looks like a rather large one-way screw head
that can be turned with a large coin or wide flat-blade screwdriver.
Replacement timers are available from appliance repair shops.
The best way to get the proper one is to take the old one along
so that it can be suitably matched.
The new one doesn’t have to look like the original,
but it does need to have the correct switching action
and a similar cycle time.
>> If your refrigerator is fancy and ultra-modern,
the defrost system will most likely be electronically controlled
instead of using the sort of timer I have described.
It’s also possible that the problem is the result of the failure of some other part.
In either of these cases, you are completely at the mercy of repairmen.
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