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    GE 'fridge ls no longer cool...

    The GE side-by-side lost temp a few days ago. Vacuumed the flannel blanket off of the grill on the back, also took the fuzz off of the coils under neath. Didn't help much. I then turned the freezer temp control to max and the 'fridge side did lower from 52* to around 48*. I got home this evening and my wife said it's formal now, the 'fridge is not working on either side.
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    We did have a power fail and possible spike about a week and a half ago. Could this have fried the board? Could it be a bummed compressor? Or maybe a temperature control item? What might I check for? And....how would I do it?

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    We did have a power fail and possible spike about a week and a half ago. Could this have fried the board?
    Yes

    Could it be a bummed compressor?
    Yes

    Or maybe a temperature control item?
    On electronically controlled models there is no "temperature control" per se. It is done by the electronic control.

    What might I check for?
    Are the fans running? If they ARE but the fridge is not cooling, looking to see if the compressor is getting power and/or running would be a first step.

    You can read about refrigerator cooling problems at the following link:

    LINK > My frost free refrigerator is not cooling properly. What might be the problem?

    JFYI

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    Appliance info link...

    Thanks for the quick response, Dan O. I'll be checking on it now.....

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    GE fridge...

    Okasy...the fans and the compressor do run. I expect it's the board then? A new one in order?

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    GE refridgerator...

    This is really strange. Just for kicks and giggles I plugged the unit in after about 3.5 hours being off and no products in it. Left it running all night except for a bottle purposely half filled with water. Well, imagine our surprise this morning to find the ice maker is running, the bottle is frozen and the 'fridge side is about 36 to 38 degrees....! So what gives with this? Do I trust it? Should she put products back in it? What caused it to appear to fail?

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    Cool Not so fast

    the fans and the compressor do run. I expect it's the board then?
    All the control does is turns those functions on. If they're on, the control is doing it's job.

    the bottle is frozen and the 'fridge side is about 36 to 38 degrees
    Than you'll have to wait until it is malfunctioning again and then check each of the things suggested at the link previously supplied one at a time until you can narrow down the cause or at least determine its exact symptoms.

    That has to be done *while the condition exists* not after disconnecting power for some period of time.

    JMO

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    Repowering can work here

    I had a fairly new fridge that was not as cold as it should have been (in high 40s) some years back. After cleaning it and not having success, I unplugged it for a few minutes and powered it up again, and all was fine. It seems that sometimes a brief power outage can disrupt things - and we had a few at the time. Keep an eye on the fridge - your problem may be solved.

    Not sure of the electronics in refrigerators, but I know that repowering works wonders for TVs, DVD players, and computers.
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    GE 'fridge...

    Well, the darn thing is playin' with me. My wife occasionally put stuff back in the fridge. And the temp krept back up to 52*. But the freezer side is still maintaining. I'll keep an eye on this for a few days. The fans and the compressor are working. Thanks so much for the help....

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    GE 'fridge...

    The status is thus: the freezer control is set at 6 0f 9 and the temp is 18*. The 'fridge side is set at 8 of 9 and the temp is at 45*. Should the door be used to extract a product, then opened again a minute or so later for more than three times in a short period, the temp there jumps to 52*. That's not to say the door is left open for an appreciably long time, just long enough to stick an arm in there. We are reluctant to place any milk in there as it seems to rapidly spoil. What temp should the 'fridge side be? There is no ice build up, no dust on the coils (anymore) and the door seals are in place and do seal well.

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    the freezer temp is 18*. The 'fridge side temp is at 45*
    Those are too high. The freezer temperature should be between +5F and -5F. The fridge compartment temperature should be around 38F.

    Someone likely needs to look into why the appliance isn't cooling properly.

    Should the door be used to extract a product... the temp there jumps to 52*
    As soon as you open the door all the cold air 'falls' out and is replaced by the warmer room air. How long it takes that temperature change to register on the control I don't know. Opening the door multiple times shouldn't have any bearing on what occurs afterward... besides for the total amount of time the door has been open for.

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