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    Default warm freezer

    freezer occasionally goes up to +50F, but I only see that once every few days. Mostly it stays -10 to -20.

    The frig stays in the +30 to +40 F and never gets warmer. Now i only have one thermometer, so i cant check them both at the same time.

    GE GTS18GBSDRWW

    ideas what is wrong and how to test?

    tks,
    pa

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    Hi,

    Mostly it stays -10 to -20.
    That is too cold. -18C or 0F are normal for the freezer.

    freezer occasionally goes up to +50F
    Is there much food/stuff in the freezer? The refrigerator is in a heated room?

    The frig stays in the +30 to +40 F
    37F to 40F is normal, 30F is too cold.

    freezer occasionally goes up to +50F
    Could be just the defrost cycle. If the freezer is less than 1/2 full the temp will increase during the defrost cycle. A bad defrost thermostat could also keep the defrost heater on too long and raise the freezer temp.

    If needed:

    warm freezer-defrost-thermostat-wr50x10073-01212659-jpg Defrost thermostat

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff1 View Post
    That is too cold. -18C or 0F are normal for the freezer.
    the new gauge I just bought from amazon over 500 ratings avg 4.7 star says 0 to -20F is proper.

    Is there much food/stuff in the freezer? The refrigerator is in a heated room?
    no change from before. been working for years. The room is heated when the central heat is on, no change form before it start to fail.

    37F to 40F is normal, 30F is too cold.
    Above gauge says 32 to 40 is proper.

    Could be just the defrost cycle. If the freezer is less than 1/2 full the temp will increase during the defrost cycle. A bad defrost thermostat could also keep the defrost heater on too long and raise the freezer temp.
    How to test? I have DVM and basic electronic knowledge.

    Also, ice is forming in the inside of walls and the shelf in freezer.
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    -20F is proper
    Far too cold!

    How to test? I have DVM and basic electronic knowledge.
    The defrost thermostat?...if yes, you don't. I would put a temp recorder on the refrigerator and this records the on, off, defrosts, etc and we can see the spikes. Many times we can just eliminate all other possible trouble makers (Is there much food/stuff in the freezer? The refrigerator is in a heated room/area, runs more than off, off more than running?) until that is the item left.

    Also, ice is forming in the inside of walls and the shelf in freezer.
    Air leak, too cold or both.

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    Wonder if this problem was ever solved.
    Just for the heck of it,if it was stoll acting up, I would check to make sure the drain was not clogged after I checked for air leaks.
    But at those low temps, I can imagine the evaporator getting covered in ice. Surprised the fan didn't get frozen over.
    Jeff, does that fridge have a mullion heater to prevent moisture buildup? I couldn't find one in the diagram.
    Maybe a kid has been swinging on the door and it is not sealing off.
    Hey, been known to happen!
    Have also seen people have defrost problems and turn the cold control to the coldest setting too!

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    does that fridge have a mullion heater to prevent moisture buildup?
    This unit should have a yoder loop of hot tubing.

    Maybe a kid has been swinging on the door and it is not sealing off.
    Hey, been known to happen!
    True enough! LOL

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    unchanged.

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    Jeff, how are the yoder loops checked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boman View Post
    Jeff, how are the yoder loops checked?
    For what?
    The yoder loop is a section of warm tubing installed inside the wall near the cabinet facing to help prevent moisture...instead of an electric heating element.
    If they fail they leak out the refrigerant gas and we loose the cooling.

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    Oh. I thought they were some kind of heater element that worked of electricity.

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