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  1. #1
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    Default Ge Fridge

    Model - GTH18DCRVLBB
    Not cooling correctly in the ff section.
    Freezes ice in the freezer section.
    Compressor gives crazy ohm readings ( if my meter is reading correctly)
    Compressor gets very hot to the touch.
    No short showing
    Fan does not come on in the freezer compartment
    Cold control does show continuity at the fan
    Df would come on sometimes when manullay put in df
    Timer showed to have bad capacitor/motor
    Changed timer and got df to come on once or twice
    Removed timer to recheck (good)
    Gaskets had some tape on them with one gap in the bottom of the freezer.
    Moisture on top of freezer with big chunk of ice in corner of freezer and overfilled ice trays
    Chunk of ice went from bottom to top of the right read of freezer covering the df stat

    My opinion was the gaskets not sealing were causing the moisture in the freezer compartment which dripped into the ice trays causing them to over fill and freeze over into the freezer compartment The timer was not moving which caused undue stress on the compressor causing damage to it and the fan in the freezer compartment causing too high a temp in the ff compartment.

    The timer I installed was a used one that showed to be good used for testing purposes.

    I told the guy to maybe leave it unplugged for the night to get rid of all the ice in the corner covering the stat and I would see if I have a fan as that one shows to have a broken circuit in it. I'm thinking the fan should have come on with 60 degree temp in the ff section.

    Thinking one thing went bad and caused damage to other parts.

    In regard to the df not coming on everytime, is it possible the chunk of ice at the connections was making for a bad connection?
    I told him I did not think it was worth saving with the bad readings on the compressor, but it has me stumped and would like to figure it out.

    Comments appreciated.

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    Holy crap

    Not cooling correctly in the ff section.

    Fan does not come on in the freezer compartment
    That is why the FF section is warm.

    Compressor gives crazy ohm readings ( if my meter is reading correctly)
    Compressor gets very hot to the touch.
    No short showing
    Any amperage readings? Any LRA rating on the compressor?

    Timer showed to have bad capacitor/motor
    Thinking one thing went bad and caused damage to other parts.
    Like a timer or stat that quit and the frost built up and the fan motor started to hit the frost damaging the fan motor.....that is very possible.

    In regard to the df not coming on everytime, is it possible the chunk of ice at the connections was making for a bad connection?
    Possible for sure.

    Gaskets had some tape on them with one gap in the bottom of the freezer.
    Room air passing back and forth.....won't help the cause!!

    Gaskets, intermittent defrosting, evaporator fan motor not running, possible bad compressor = new refrigerator time!
    JMO!

    jeff.
    http://www.applianceaid.com/
    Appliance Repair Aid

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    Think we agree on this one.
    Didn't take amp readings. Bought a new Klien clamp on amp multimeter today today thinking it had capacitance feature. Got home, and it did not. Took it back and got a cheaper one that does, but it acts funny. Thinking I'm going to take it back too.

    Thanks for the comment .
    Speaking of the ohm readings, I usually expect like 4, 7, and 11 or close. These were all over the place, but my meter sometimes seems show fluctuating numbers. Not sure why. I was getting numbers like 22, 19, etc. Would that also indicate high amperage draw when running?
    Even if it did, I trhink I was getting different numbers like each time I would check it.
    If I get a good meter that I trust, I will try to find something that draws too much amperage and see it it shows high ohms. Seems to me it would be related. Higher resistance = higher amperage draw, right?

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    I was getting numbers like 22, 19, etc. Would that also indicate high amperage draw when running?
    Nope.
    Only amp draw will show the current or amp readings.....ohming won't help with that.

    jeff.
    http://www.applianceaid.com/
    Appliance Repair Aid

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