We have a G.E. 2-door refrigerator that's about 15 years old. It's never
had any problems. Recently, I noticed that the contents were warming up,
and the ice began melting. When I turned the main temperature control
wheel to "off" and then "on", the compressor started up, and it worked fine
for a few days. Today, it warmed up again. I turned it "off" and "on", and
it started working.
Any idea on what's going on?
Scott and Bo
It's hard to say without being there,
however, the symptom does point to
the defrost cycle. I had a similar
problem. The "cold" coil is usually behind
the back panel in the freezer. It has a
heater that turns on at some prescribed
interval to melt the ice. There is
usually a timer and a temperature sensor.
Check out for icing. If there is a lot
of ice on the coil, that is probably your
problem. BTW, I had to replace the
timer unit on mine. It happened to be
located above the unit, but this was a
built-in, so all of the mechanical stuff
It's dying and it's time to get a new one? My experiences with
refrigerators is that at 15 years, it's time for a new one, and unless you
are an expert at diagnosing these and fixing them, spending money on them is
throwing it down a rat hole.
YMMV, of course
After a week and a half of the refrigerator stopping, it reached the point where
turning the temperature control "off" and "on" did nothing. It was dead. Talked
with repairman on the phone, and we determined the fridge has the old style
refrigerant, so fixing the compressor is not an option. I went to Sears and
a 20 cubic foot LG with French doors. It will fit our 30" width perfectly. It
arrive for 2 weeks, but Sears was nice enough to deliver a "loaner" to us.
great people to deal with!
The sales department bucket (who arranged for the loaner) is not connected
to the delivery bucket. In two weeks, Sears will retrieve the loaner. Your
new fridge will be delayed and arrive two weeks later.
Interesting expression (Buckets!); from that company friends bought a
new two section sofa about a year ago.
Having had very good experience with 'microfibre' products while
living in an another country the new one was supposed also to be.
But within months it became unsatisfactory. It stained very easily in
normal use and the construction did not seem sturdy etc.
Arrangements were made with Sears to replace or exchange it. While not
involved in whatever financial arrangements (warranty/credit
adjustment etc.) were made, I was enlisted to receive one phone call
about one hour before the arranged delivery on a certain date in order
to provide the delivery driver and helper entry to friends house when
the replacement arrived and allow removal of the unsatisfactory item.
The replacement was to be available on a date in late November, then
in early December. Neither of those delivery dates were met.
Several days after the second missed date I received a phone call from
their delivery bucket (driver) to allow entry 'To pick up a sofa'!
"But no"; I said, that was not the arrangement.The total amount of
wasted time being spent by everyone was now increasing.
Fortunately friends had mentioned to me that the arrangement with the
sales/warranty buckets was that the old one be taken away as the new
one was delivered. Otherwise it would have left them without a sofa
Why the delivery bucket felt it was necessary to make two trips, was
unclear; maybe the info. placed by the sales and/or warranty buckets
into the Sears delivery computer was unclear?
The replacement units finally arrived (third date was met) and the
friends were now home.
But the two units do not have their 'chair arms' in the same locations
as units being replaced! So they will have to be replaced again!
Friends who are extremely busy people, are expecting more time, phone
calls and delivery shenanigans! Whatever is wrong with Sears internal
communications does not seem to do that company any credit. At least
here in eastern Canada.
Perhaps it's one of those data systems designed/delivered by some IT
type who has no experience of what actually happens in the real 'sales/
That's ridiculous. It was the owner of the Sears store who decided to deliver
us a loaner, free of charge. They contract directly with a local delivery guy,
who does whatever they tell him, when they tell him.
I've dealt with this Sears store before, and they do what they promise.
Have a Happy New Year!
Number one get different repairmen!
old refrigerant are still on market!
new compressor can be retrofitted if needed!
have you clean under and around the unit?
does defrost timer work properly?
mine is 30 years old and still going!
Typical household fridge from that age, contains about 6.25
ounces or so of R-12. If it's leaky, the fridge runs all the
time but never quite gets cold. I've been known to top them
off, juice in enough to get it good and cold. The old style
gas and go. Don't bother with the dryer unless you open the
system for a while. Piercing valve, gas and go, and we're
Sounds like the problem is the cold control. New or old
refrigerant, doesn't make a difference when the problem is
the cold control. I sense that you've been misled by the
Sears folks. Rather than repair a refrigerator that could be
fixed, they sold you a new one. I don't like LG. Far too
complicated. You'd have been better served by having your
old fridge repaired by someone who knew how.
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