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 Posted: Tue Nov 9th, 2010 09:08 pm
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We have a ~5 year old GE Profile Arctica Model Number PSC25MSSC SS.  It's a dual evaporator side by side Fridge-Freezer.
 
The issue is that the Fridge isn't getting cold enough (above 40F when set to setting 7) and there's loads of condensation on the left hand wall (ie adjacent to the Freezer compartment).
 
The freezer temp seems fine.
 
The fridge evaporator is not iced up and the fridge evap fan is running OK.  The condenser matrix has recently been cleaned and any dust etc removed.
 
So I have a couple of theories that I'd like a second opinion on before I start tearing things apart:
 
1.    Somehow the airflow from the evap fan is blocked up - maybe the lack of flow is causing mold to grow in the moist environment and that's making things worse over time?
 
2.    The insulation between the fridge and freezer compartments is (prematurely?) breaking down allowing the fridge left wall to be chilled by the freezer.  This results in condensation which is not removed by the drip tray and drain pipe.  It also fools the thermostat sensor which seems to be mounted on that wall and that causes the fridge side to quit chilling at too high a temperature.
 
I'd welcome any advice on what's going on and what the best diagnostic/remedial steps would be.  Many thanks.

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Is the Condenser Fan running (whenever the Compressor runs) ?

May need to post a picture of the frost pattern of the Evaporator Coils



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Yes the condenser fan is giving good airflow over the coils and the warm air seems to be coming out of the right hand side of the base OK.

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More... I've cranked up the 'stat on the Fridge to 8 and engaged the turbo cool setting (which I assume runs the evap fan harder) and the temp is now just above freezing and the condensation is reducing so it seems to have the capability to chill that compartment. 

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As requested, I've attached a photo of the fridge evap matrix.  No frost anywhere.

The compressor certainly seems capable of pumping heat as when the freezer defrost cycle kicks in, the fridge air temp drops down into the 20's.  The rest of the time it sits at about 40, even though I have the 'stat cranked all the way up to 9.

When the defrost cycle is happening I get good warm airflow out of the right hand side of the floor level front vent.  So it seems that I'm getting both compression and evaporator air flow?

The freezer temp seems OK at -10F with the freezer stat at 6.

Any thoughts?  Thanks.

 

 

 

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Any advice on how to proceed?  The fridge compartment is typically 40F with the fridge stat set at the max (ie. 9).  The temperature does drop when the freezer defrost cycle is active (and at that time there's lots of warm air coming out of the right side of the kick panel).

The fridge evap matrix is ice free.

Can the thermostat system for the fridge side drift in its calibration?

Thanks

 

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