Want to attempt repair of GE upright freezer

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Old 10-29-16, 03:17 PM
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Question Want to attempt repair of GE upright freezer

We've had this freezer for years, given to us by my stepson. Worked great when we first got it...about 12 years ago. Then one day, it just quits working. We noticed the inside temp dropping, and transferred everything we had in it to our refrigerator freezer. Lucky for us, it wasn't much. Our side-by-side freezer will BARELY hold a turkey!

So, some years later, I've pulled the upright out from the wall to see if there was something I could visually notice that was unusual. Nope. Just for the heck of it, I plugged it in, and let it run for about 30 minutes, to see if anything good happened. Nada. there's virtually no noise at all coming from it, and the inside temperature never dropped a single degree, ( still room temp ). Seems to me that's normal...I mean vs any LOUD noises.

I read somewhere that checking the pins on the compressor is where I should start, to check for continuity, or open circuit. I'm not THAT knowledgeable with electrical terms, so how do I know if I have continuity, or an open circuit...using an analog meter? What steps should I take next? I kind of NEED to repair this upright, vs buying a new one...IF I CAN DO IT without dropping a small fortune into it, because we're retired, disabled, and just can't afford to buy a new deep freeze, and we're ( the wife and I ) wanting to start trying our hand(s) at homesteading, to a certain degree. The freezer would be essential in that case. Any suggestions and / or advice would be greatly appreciated, especially if someone has a cheap, BUT SAFE fix for the unit.

Oh, I almost forgot. These "tests"...with a meter, whether it be pins on the compressor, or, say, a relay, should all be done with the unit unplugged, correct? Are there any procedures or tests that would need to be done with the unit plugged in? Thanks again, fellow DIY'ers.
 
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Post model# we can help better.
 
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Once we have the model number we can better help you.

If it's not a frost free freezer then it should be very basic to repair.
I'd suspect the thermostat before the compressor.

With a frost free freezer there is a defrost timer and that would be a likely problem.
 
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Hello Pjmax, thanks for the reply. My profile DOES have my state location listed. At least, that's what I see. I am in North Carolina, USA.

The unit is a frost free model, & the model number is FF20DSERWH.
Just in case, the Serial Number is HM165040, and the unit was manufactured in June of 1995.

I have written GE concerning the acquisition of an owner's or service manual, and their answer, in a nutshell, was NO, that they could not help me. I asked if I could perhaps speak to a specialist technician, and got the same answer. Thanks in advance for any help or assistance you can provide.
 

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Hello, pugsl, thank you for replying to my post. As you can see above...BUT JIC you can't, the model # is FF2(0)DSERWH. I'm not certain about the O...whether it is a capital O, or a zero. It's Serial Number , JIC, is HM165040, and it was manufactured in June of 1995, and is a frost free model. Thank you in advance for any help or advice that you can provide.

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Here is the owners manual for your freezer. I'll be back shortly with service info.

ge appliances/search/older-freezer/FF_D/49-6785.PDF
 
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Thank you very much, Pete. This manual does help a little inasmuch as general familiarity with the freezer's basic operations, maintenance, cleaning, etc.

As you said, though, you would return with further service information. That is exactly what is needed in this case. I can only hope that "we" can get the rascal to run properly again, WITHOUT having to sink a boatload of $$$$ into it.

I truly am grateful, and appreciate your efforts to aid me in this freezer dilemma. Anxiously awaiting your reply.

~Tommy~
 
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Ok... in looking at the parts diagram I see an inside light and an evaporator fan.

When you turn unit on.... does the inside light work ?
If you hold the light button in do you here a fan start inside ?

The next thing to look for is the defrost timer. It'll be underneath with the compressor. In the rear view of the picture you'll see a place to insert a screwdriver. This is to advance the timer manually. You can advance the timer until it clicks to see if the compressor starts.

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Thanks a whole lot, Pete. I'll try all of your suggestions later today. This has been a rough one, and it's almost daybreak. I'm really beat. I appreciate everything you are doing for me.

Is it possible for you to get a copy of that parts diagram to me somehow. That would be really nice to have. Is there any other way that I can get a copy?

~Tom~
 
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Hey again, Pete.

I'm pretty sure I found the defrost timer, used a screwdriver and turned it in that hole until I heard it click, then mounted it back on it's bracket. BUT, this part was completely on the opposite side of the compressor. In other words, the part I used the screwdriver on was on the left side bottom, looking at the freezer from the rear, and the compressor is on the right.

By the way, I've had the unit plugged up and running now for about 12 hours, and the compressor is so hot that I can't keep my hand on it for more than a few seconds, and the inside temp hasn't dropped a degree, it would seem. Also, when I hold the door light button in, I hear no fan motor start up, either.
 
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Allow the compressor to cool off. Power the unit up while listening to the compressor. There should be a click and it should sound like a motor starting if you're near it.

There could be several issues. The refrigerant charge is gone, the compressor motor is frozen or the compressor start relay is bad. Usually if it's a relay problem you'll hear the compressor clicking on and off due to high heat.
 
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Old 11-05-16, 12:42 AM
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Nearly forgot to say thank you, pugsi. It's been a tough week, especially when you're not getting but MAYBE 3 or 4 hours of sleep, and spending the remainder working your fingers to the bone. You know what they say that that gets you, right? Bony fingers! LOL TTLY, my friend.

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