One day I noticed that the front of my side-by-side GE refrigerator -- the space between the fridge and freezer -- was fairly hot to the touch. At first, I just blew it off, thinking the freezer was going through a defrost cycle. It also seemed the fridge was running constantly, but I still didn't think to investigate.
Then one day I went to get something to eat out of the fridge, and I stepped in a puddle of water. I wiped it up, assuming one of the kids carelessly spilled water or ice. But the next time I went to the fridge, it happened again.
Then my wife tried to get a glass of water (from the in-door dispenser) and failed. She said that it sounded like the water was flowing, but the glass didn't fill up.
Thus, the detailed investigation began. I pulled out the fridge and removed the back cardboard cover. Right away, I noticed the cooling fan was not running. So I ordered a new $30 fan.
I also found the source of the spilled water. With the fan not blowing to cool the coils, the coils never really got cool, and the coils between the fridge and freezer made the front hot to the touch. The coils not getting cooled caused the fridge to run inefficiently. They were basically running all the time. The water line was resting on the coils, and with the compressor running all the time, the water line melted through.
When there was a demand for water through the door or the ice maker tried to make ice, the solenoid valve opened and released water on to the floor. I spliced a connector into the water line to make sure it did not contact the coils. I replaced the fan, and we were back in business.
A couple months later, the problem started again, so I investigated right away. I discovered that the fan was broken again. I decided to take a different approach. I bought an office desk fan, clipped it the back of the fridge, and now I leave it on full time. The fridge has been running great with the desk fan for a couple of years now.
This entry was submitted by Bill De Vries and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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