Sorry for the double post (if it does). I've been having posting
I have an older model (1994, I think) GE fridge (top freezer
that recently decided it didn't want to cool the fresh-food section.
removed the back freezer panel, and sure enough, lots of ice build-
I take it this means the defrosting system is compromised. Fine and
dandy... I used the hair dryer trick, and over the course of the next
two hours, I completely defrosted every bit of ice I could see in the
freezer, made sure the evaporator fan was running, and made sure when
aimed the hair dryer down the vent, I could feel the air moving into
fresh-food compartment. I also vacuumed the coils underneath the
fridge while I was at it.
Put everything back together, plug it in, and the fresh food
still isn't cooling (gave it 4 hours, and it got to a frigid 56
degrees). I can feel very little air moving out of the vent from the
freezer to the fridge. The freezer fan IS running and blowing air
the freezer... I don't understand why its not also blowing into the
Is it possible that there was just enough of an opening in the air
vent for the hair dryer to force warm air through, but not enough for
the freezer fan to push cold air through?
I can replace the thermostat and related items, but if cold air
getting moved into the fresh food compartment, what's the point?