Last night we noticed the Ice-cream from the freezer was soft. In further
found the bread, OJ and few other things in the freezer also soft. The ice
in the ice maker
was also sticking together. The Freezer door is getting pushed open when the
side gets closed. So we push the freezer door closed but it doesn't seem
take much effort to
open when we go to open it again. I think the freezer itself is running
fine. It is cold in there.
We have it set to the highest setting (9)(turned it up last night from 7)
and pushed the door
closed last night before going to bed to see it the ice-cream, bread and oj
would freeze back
up. They were still soft this morning :( Will a bad gasket cause the thawing
of these items? Even
after pushing the door closed? What are some things we could do to 'test' it
to make sure it
is a gasket problem?
If the gasket is bad would we feel cool air coming out from around the door?
Cause we don't.
The refrigerator is only 5 years old. We are hoping it is just a gasket and
not failing freezer.
The freezer is now mostly empty. It opens easier than the refrigerator side.
There is some resistance but not much,
in comparison to the refrig. side, the refrig. side needs a bit more tug to
open it. The freezer side will pop open a slight bit when the refrig. side
is closed normally.
(normal around here is a slight slamming as oppose to gentle closing).
I hear normal sounds in the freezer i.e. a fan running. I cleaned out behind
it and under it. It wasn't too dirty since I do clean around it every few
months or so. There is no water any where. There is naturally some
condensation around the ice maker (well not naturally but being as we are
having some thawing issues it is natural to have the condensation due to
loss of cooling).
What else could I try....To confirm or deny a bad gasket?
Sounds like a door adjustment/alignment problem first. I would assume
these are magnetic gaskets on a freezer as recent as that I don't think
there were anything else still in use.
If the door is closed, to test if the gasket is sealing, take a piece of
paper about and inch or two wide and try to slide it between the gasket
and the face of the freezer/fridge. It you can, the gasket isn't
sealing. Then you can investigate the "why". May be the hinges had
worn letting the door sag or similar. Maybe there's something in the
way keeping it from closing entirely. Could be ice built up or similar.
Are you sure you the setting went colder, not warmer? Some are easy to
If not, you may have a seal problem, but unless it is really bad, would
expect it means you have other problem(s) as well.
Have you pulled it and cleaned coils, swept underneath, made sure
defrost cycle isn't running continuously, etc., etc., ...?
Maybe there's something in the
=That's what ours was--Ice built up on the floor/front of the freezer
preventing the door
from properly sealing. It came open every time the fridge door was closed. I
drain tube and all is well.
I have moved most all food to our freezer in the garage until we get this
working as it should.
There is nothing in the way of the door properly shutting. There wasn't
before from what I could
tell. No ice build up as far as I can see. Took the ice drawer out to make
sure nothing was behind it,
nothing was there. The Ice maker is making ice.
I have a question about normal noises. As far as I can tell the refrigerator
always has some kind of hum
Also I checked the door light switch, it is turning off the light when the
door is closed. I can see that when
the door is just about closed all the way.
I will have to pick up a thermometer to see what the actually temp is
I really don't want to call a technician to come out, especially if it is
something we can fix.
=OK--But...when our ice was built up, we couldn't see it, either.
I found it by running my hand over the bottom of the freezer compartment.
Heh, hate to admit it, but the ice was clear and my eyes are kinda bad.
Are talking about outside under the Freezer side? If so I haven't looked
there. I looked inside the freezer
in and around the ice maker. We had ice caught up behind there once that
stopped the freezer door from shutting, so
checked there again incase that was the problem. It wasn't :(
Oh okay than there is no ice. The Freezer seems to be doing it's job now.
The OJ was frozen this morning. Got a temp gage and it is reading about 5
below zero at the moment, the fridge part is at about 47 degrees. I don't
know what has changed. But one thing that is happening now is when we open
the freezer and close it we hear a trickle/gurgle type of noise and sort of
a draining sound. Any ideas what that is?
=You might have a partially blocked drain tube. There is a panel in the lower
rear of the freezer
compartment wall that is held in place with screws. You can remove that
panel and pour warm water
in the drain hole to clear it. If water doesn't clear it, you
can push a length of thin diameter aquarium tubing through the hole to
remove a stubborn blockage.
We have an old GE side-by-side. If we open the doors at the same time,
they will hit each other. They are also not straight and level...one a
tad higher in center than other. The hinge thingy on top is adjustable,
so perhaps that is what needs to be done. I believe we had the doors
off to move ours in, but can't recall. Allegedly, a test of the seal is
to close the door on a piece of paper and see if it is snug or slides
out. Having a lot of stuff in the refrig. door also affects how ours
closes. Time for a new one :o)
All the cooling comes from the freezer, so if it's warming up, the
refrigerator side is probably too warm. A refrigerator thermometer
makes it a lot easier to see how cold it really is.
That's not unusual, but usually not a problem.
Bad sign. It's not cooling enough. Years back, I had a GE side-by-side
that did the same thing, for no good reason. A repair place told me it
was common, and often due to leaks in the cooling system. I replaced
the GE, and that place spent a while trying unsuccessfully to repair it.
On another refrigerator, I've had the coils in the back of the freezer
choke with ice due to a thermostat failure, which required a full
defrost and a new thermostat.
It really doesn't sound like the gasket. Come to think of it, that GE
refrigerator also had a problem with the light switch, which wouldn't
turn off the light with the door closed. You could take out the bulb
I would say that if you've got 5 years of use out of a GE appliance,
you're doing better than average. Maybe just me.
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