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 Posted: Sun Dec 7th, 2008 09:41 pm
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Greetings, Earthlings and other creatures!


I have a GE SxS that is not happy.  Strange symptoms, to me, but perhaps familiar to you.  To start here are The Vital Statistics:

Model # HSS25GFPH WW

The data plate also says Hotpoint, which is probably irrelevant?


Interestingly enough, this model number shows up in a recall list posted by Pegi 'bout a year and a half ago.

http://applianceguru.com/forum1/11763.html

http://applianceguru.com/attachment.php?id=1658

This was purchased new in December '04. A tag on the back indicates it was charged in Nov '04, so that's about right.


The symptoms are a bit weird.  The wall which divides the frig from the freezer got hot a few days back.  I don't mean warm.  I mean, OUCH! that's HOT!

Then the freezer warmed up, then the fridge.  We have no joy at this point.  We've cleaned everything out, vacuumed the coils, etc.

No help.


After reading about this thing's history, I'm loath to spend much money on it.  OTOH, if GE will repair it under recall, I'm all for it.  Of course, perhaps this problem isn't related to the recalled motherboard.

Any advice, Oh Sage Ones?

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Well the breaker strip got hot because the compressor was running and the condensor fan motor that cools the compressor was not running or the condensor coil is clogged or both....if it is not running/cooling now guessing the start relay on the compressor is bad, compessor bit the dust, or no power to the compressor, start by seeing what is going on back in the compressor area...



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I second what Pegi said, check that fan by the compressor, and make sure the air flow is good.

H.

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the fan is most likely not running. usually due to a bad motherboard, you can check power to the fan to verify this. if the motherboard is not sending power to the fan look for a burnt resister on the board, if you see one you need to replace the fan at the same time as the board.



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GE_Refrig_Board.pdf 



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Hmmm.  Well, THAT just might explain it!  I think it might also explain the bad smell we'd had, which we thought was spoiled potatoes next to the fridge.  My wife thought she had that cleaned up, though she didn't find any obviously bad potats.

Oh, what explains it?


Well, partly the dust, I'm sure:





But mostly, this guy:



(Click to enlarge pictures.)

He got himself pinched by the fan, and neither one of them seemed to like it.

Now that he's out of the way, and the dust has been cleaned up, things seem to be humming along.  The fan is spinning and it's getting cooler in there, anyway.

How long should it take to reach full cool?  And if it doesn't what's next? 

BTW, I did check the motherboard.  No problems found.

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Good find.....or yucky find.....lol, give the box 24 hours to cool down and stabilize...



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BlueRidgeMark wrote: ... But mostly, this guy ...
he looks comfy ... :snooze:   or did ...


 

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We gots cold!  :D

Thank you thank you thank you!


And did I mention, I'm grateful?


Thank you!

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