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Old 09-18-2011, 02:04 PM
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Since last weekend my refrigerator (GE Monogram side by side) temp has raised a few degrees, it has always been dead on 37 degrees and now it is in between 40 and 42 and won't go down. It is still set at 37 but it won't get there. I tried setting it to a lower temp to see it f it would make a difference but it doesn't. Fan is running, there is no ice in the back that indicates problems with the defrost system and freezer is working fine at 0 degrees. Not sure what to think of this.. not even sure if i should worry for a few degrees of difference, except the refrigerator seems to be running all the time... any ideas on what might be going on?


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Pull the back panel out and clean the jellyroll condenser if dirty. If still not right, pull the back freezer panel and check the frost pattern, should be uniformly frosted, not partially frosted.
If ok, you probably have a refrigerant leak for a pro to look at.
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Thx so much for your reply. I had a GE service guy come this morning. He did not have a clue of what is going on with my fridge. He said the only thing he could try is to replace the mother board, which would cost more than $400 (pat + labor) and he couldn't guarantee that would fix the problem. I am very relunctanct to expend that money with no guarantees the problem will be fixed and very upset with GE... this fridge was over $3000 and it is only 5 years old! he did not mention a refrigerant leak as a possible problem

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Pull the back panel out and clean the jellyroll condenser if dirty. If still not right, pull the back freezer panel and check the frost pattern, should be uniformly frosted, not partially frosted.
If ok, you probably have a refrigerant leak for a pro to look at.
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All the symptoms point to a refrigeration system maxed out, that's why it is running all the time, new motherboard would not fix it.
For a fridg running all the time, the freezer should be colder. Also, depending on electric rates, you are probably wasting $100 per month.
I would try to replace the two fresh food thermistors, one located behind the damper cover, the other, ( if you have a second one) at the bottom of the fridg section, just might fix your problem. Stuck in ice water, they should each read 16.6 kohm.
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I'm updating this thread because I had a similar problem. I have a 48" Monogram side by side. I noticed the doors were not sucking shut like they used to, the compressor seemed to run nonstop (our electric bill reflected it) and the last week or so I had cooling issues in the freezer. It was set at zero but would climb to 6 degrees. I woke last week to find the compressor dead and the freezer was 28 degrees. The unit is 7 years old but for $7,500 I expected better and was pissed.
Here's what the problem was. The compressor has attached on the left side an inverter. It can make the compressor run in 3 stages - low, med and high. Mine was stuck on high. Perhaps the inverter is wide opened and some circuits just reduce the voltage - these burned out. The compressor gets pretty hot so I don't think it's the best design to have the inverter right on the compressor. Just test to see if the inverter is getting juice. If it is then the inverter is bad if the compressor doesn't run. The inverter is a $165 part and can be easily replaced with like 3 screws. Once you loosen the ground screws the metal wall/divider moves giving you room to get the inverter out. There's even a YouTube video on replacing the inverter. This expensive refrigerator has the same compressor/inverter as many other GE refrigerators - go figure.

I replaced mine in about 20 minutes. It took a few hours to get to the right temps. Once it got there the compressor would slow down and or cut off. Even the condenser fan would slow down or turn off. I had forgotten that it would do this. I figure the inverter was having problems for at least a year. Now when you open/close the freezer and try to open the fridge side the door suction is really strong - like when it was new. I'm very happy that by searching this forum and others I was able to fix my refrigerator. I hope this helps someone down the road.
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