Freezer was warm ~ 26F

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Michael From Wellesley, MA

Jul 22, 2011

43 out of 53 people found this instruction helpful

The most dificult was the diagnosis. The condenser fan was turning slowly and the entire compressor/coil unit was too hot to touch. Removing the rear cover panel and placing a small desk fan behind the refrigerator cooled the compressor coil unit and allowed the freezer to get back to the 1 degree F operating range. This made my wife happy because she could continue to use the refrigerator and was willing to put up with the fan noise.

The Part select recommendation page stated that the most common cause was a control board failure [which was ultimately true] but I orderd a control board, a compressor fan motor and a themostat to be able to fix it in one exercise. The parts took ~3 days to arrive and during this time the desk fan kept the freezer at correct operating temp.
Replacing the control board and repowering the refrigerator [ took 1 hour] immediatly brought the original compressor fan motor up to speed. However it took the unit another 2 hours to get back to the 1 degree operating condition. The temperature had risen from 1 degree to 4 degrees in the time the unit was powered down.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Condenser Fan Motor

Part Number: PS967775

In Stock