Question about GE Profile PSW26P Stainless Steel Side by Side Refrigerator

1 Answer

Refrigator not cooling properly, freezer works fine

I moved our two door GE, model TBF22DC, refrigerator (freezer top, fresh food bottom) from the kitchen to our garage last night. All worked great in the house. After 10 hours in the garage the freezer works fine, but the refrigerator section on the bottom is only slightly cool. Freezer temp initially set to slightly above middle setting and the fresh food bottom on max. Solid cold air in the freezer compartmnet, cool but not cold air in the fridge part. Tried setting the freezer at max cold, but still only a slight diference in bottom section. Cleaned colis prior to moving the fridge into the garage. Also, mositure buildup about the size of a softball on the middle outside of the cabinet ,on the left side (not near the door) of the freezer compartment. Checked all seals with a dollar bill and have tension when pulled on. ???????????

Posted by on

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    Toshiba Model GR-334ESO(W). Freezer not cooling UNLESS the 'Quick Freezing' Start button is activated. Once 'Quick Freezing' has finished (and freezer is cold/frozen) normal freezer function does not seem to work. Freezer light indicator moves from 'freezing' to 'high' (there is a 'normal' light in middle between these two). The Freezer Temp control slide indicator to control freezer function has been moved fully to the right to either setting 3 or the next one COLD. Is there a freezer sensor that needs replacing? (there is one behind a plastic cover on the back right of the freezer) OR has the electronics in the freezer door fridge control unit or other control given up?). Bottom of fridge appears to be working normally although has frozen water in a glass bottle in the door section a couple of times over the last month (refrigerator section Temp control was then reduced slightly to alleviate this). Your thoughts?

×

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 704 Answers

I'll assume you don't have much food/items in the freezer section. Because you have the fridge set on the max cooling setting and the freezer set higher than the mid setting, it could be that you have frozen the cold air passage from the freezer to the fridge.

If you can, 1) remove all contents that would spoil; 2) turn off the fridge 3) open both doors and allow the fridge to manually thaw out completely (this will speed up the opening of the cold air exchange passage between the freezer and fridge, which is likely blocked and frozen solid. Have plenty of towels handy to soak up the water from the defrosting process,

After a FULL day of being left off and doors open to thaw out, check for any further thawing and dripping water inside, if present wait another 8 hours (you really want to get it thawed out the first time!) When that's done, reset BOTH temperature controls to the factory mid-point setting (5?) as marked on your control knobs.

The key to having a refridgerator run properly is to allow for it to run at the factory settings for at least 24 hours BEFORE you adjust the controls higher and/or lower for each section. Adjust it up or down in ONLY 1 setting increments so as to not cause ice build-up and freezing of the internal air exchange passages.

Also, as you've relegated this fridge as a garage "beer & backup" unit, make sure to keep the freezer as full as possible to make it run as efficiently as possible. You can freeze jugs of water and pack it with cheap thrift store bread to help it run correctly. An empty freezer has to work harder to keep just air at freezing temps. As such, it will pass much colder air into the fridge, and cause these types of freeze ups. By the way, turning up the temp controls only makes it worse and just results in a total "freeze up" inside the cabinet panels that you can't easily see or get at to rectify, hence the reason to shut it off and let it fully defrost.

When you're done, you should have your fridge back in action working like it should, but remember, don't rush temperature adjustments, even thou we all want those frosty beverages, it'll take a couple of days to achieve the desired "chill" you're likely used to getting when it was your primary fridge.

Hope this helps and Best Regards! Semper Fi!

Posted on Aug 03, 2009

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE:

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

What else can I check - my fresh food side of fridge is still too warm, freezer fine.


GE refrigerators use a board to control cooling and defrost functions. The fresh food compartment also utilizes a motorized damper, and some models even have a fresh food fan. Air enters the fresh food compartment at the top left corner, and the return air is also in the left wall down near the crispers. Both paths must be clear.

Jul 21, 2014 | GE Refrigerators

1 Answer

PSC23NSTESS FREEZING VEGTABLES


Side by Side ModelsIf foods, such as fruits and vegetables, in the refrigerator are freezing, it can be caused by several things. First, check the controls. They should be set at "C" and "5" or "5" and "5". The proper fresh food temperature is between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit. The freezer should be between 0 and 8 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If food in the bottom of the refrigerator is freezing, this could be caused by a refrigerator not having enough food to absorb the cold air.
  • If food in the door is freezing, move the door bins up or down so they are one notch away from freezer vents (Side by Side models only).
  • The fresh food control should be at the normal setting of 5.
Freezer on Top Models
First, check the controls. They should be set at "C" and "5" or "5" and "5". The proper fresh food temperature is between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenehit. The freezer should be between 0 and 8 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Since the cold air coming into the fresh food section originates in the freezer above, the rear of the top shelf will be the coldest spot in the fresh food area. Avoid placing delicate items that freeze easily on the back half of this shelf.
  • If food is freezing in the produce (fruits and vegetables) or meat pan, it may be that the temperature controls are not set high enough. Since cold air naturally falls, the pans can get too cold if the refrigerator is not running long enough to maintain good air circulation. Adjust both controls up one notch.

Nov 01, 2012 | GE CustomStyle PSC23NSTSS Stainless Steel...

1 Answer

I have a GE SxS model number gss22jepabb that doesn't keep the refrigerator part cold. We have replaced both thermistors in the freezer and last night the motherboard. Refrigerator is still not cold and...


Close the doors and look to see if the fresh food door is down lower then the freezer door. If it is adjust the fresh food down up until it is at the same level as the freezer door. The reason why I suggest this is hard to explain but it is a legitimate repair. This page does explain http://www.appliance-repair-it.com/GE-refrigerator-repair.html Look under the section titled damper/door switch.

Sep 28, 2010 | GE Refrigerators

1 Answer

The freezer works properly but the lower part doesn't cool would you please help me


Set the freezer control to Warmest.(more air will go to fresh food)
Make sure the freezer fan is blowing.
Check the door seals on fresh food door especially on the bottom.(may be loose letting in warm air)

Aug 10, 2010 | Magic Chef CTB1821AR Top Freezer...

1 Answer

Where do I find the model number on my Hotpoint


In the last few years GE has placed the models serial label on the top center, top left or top right of the fresh food section. Older models had it behind the fresh food door at the bottom or behind the grille. Also there were a couple of years they placed it behind or to the side of one of the lower drawers.

Sorry about all the different locations. That's just how they did it.

Thanks.

May 25, 2010 | GE Hotpoint Top-Freezer Refrigerator

1 Answer

We have a roper frig that we use for vaccine storage, the freezer does not stay cold enought for their storage; if we adjust to freezer temp for vaccines then refrigerator is too cold for storage


Good day,
Usually caused by the machine in a cool area or room, along with the machine not getting enough door action, both freezer and fresh food.

Domestic refrigerators are designed to be used as just that. Domestic refrigerators.
Normal kitchen temperatures, followed by minimum of 7 freezer door openings per day spread over 14 hours as well as 22 to 26 fresh food door openings over the same period of time.

In other words, it's not getting enough activity daily. Common problem in doctor offices.

The best model for that type of application in the past was the Amana bottom freezer model. where the primary control was located in the freezer, nailing the freezer temp, and the top controlled by a pneumatic damper controlling the fresh food section, but I do not know if their current model still uses that system.

One option,space permitting is a small chest type freezer added to what you have.

Mar 15, 2010 | Roper RT18DKXKQ / RT18DKXKT Top Freezer...

1 Answer

Freezer temperature working fine fresh food


I need you to confirm that your model number is ZICS360NR and I will help you, Sea Breeze

Nov 13, 2009 | GE Monogram ZICS360NR Bottom Freezer...

1 Answer

Freezer side cold fresh side not GE GSH22KGMD


Find the return air It can't come in if it can't get out. also if you were checking it with the freezer door open you will not feel the air. Just in case i have done that myself. if all air ducts are open and it's getting o I should be 20 in fresh food with the control on 9.

Sep 22, 2009 | KitchenAid Superba Architect KSCS25INSS...

1 Answer

Bottom of fridge not cooling


The fresh food compartment is cooled by air being blown from the freezer compartment into the fresh food compartment. Something is restricting that air flow which causes your fresh food compartment to stay warm.

There is a panel, or door if you will, that separates the freezer and fresh food compartments. The freezer temp control determines how much cold air is allowed to escape into the fresh food compartment by opening or closing this panel.

If the panel is restricted from moving (stuck closed, for example), the freezer will get VERY cold while the fresh food compartment will be warm.

Try thoroughly defrosting the refrigerator. Possibly an accumulation of ice is preventing the panel from moving and/or is restricting air flow from the freezer to the fresh food compartment. It's a free fix and may solve your problem altogether.

If that doesn't help, or helps only temporarily, you may have a problem with panel itself or the linkage that connects it to the control mechanism. Unless you're skilled in appliance repair, checking and repairing these components will require the help of a service technician

Hope this was helpful. Good Luck.

Aug 29, 2009 | Estate Model: TT16DKXSQ Top Freezer...

1 Answer

Top refrigerator not cooling--freezer icy


This has happened in my GE side-by-side (model GSS20IEMDWW). For me, the problem was caused by a faulty temp sensor in the fresh food side. That sensor never signalled the computer that the temp in the fresh food side was cool enough, so the compressor ran constantly.

Since the compressor was running constantly, the evaporator coils (back wall of the freezer compartment) eventually iced over (took about a week). Since the fan that draws air over the evaporator coils could no longer move any air (due to the icing), the temperature in the fresh food side continued to climb. (The fresh food side is chilled through a hole with a motorized door at the top of the dividing wall, so if no air is moving in the freezer compartment, temps in the fresh food compartment climb.)

I replaced the temp sensor in the fresh food side and solved the problem for a while. About six months later I had the same problem again, so I replaced both temp sensors in the freezer compartment - which solved the problem again. (My fridge is about seven years old.)

If you are going to replace any of the temp sensors, replace them all under the principle of "if one failed, the rest will soon fail too".

Jul 28, 2009 | Refrigerators

Not finding what you are looking for?
GE Profile PSW26P Stainless Steel Side by Side Refrigerator Logo

1,003 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Refrigerators Experts

Brad Goodale

Level 2 Expert

106 Answers

Peter Taylor

Level 2 Expert

119 Answers

Tmik
Tmik

Level 1 Expert

5 Answers

Are you a Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...