Refrigerator runs too cold, freezes food by the vent and compressor runs constantly

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on April 12, 2012

in Refrigerator Repair

Your Name: Hec

Type of Appliance: Refrigerator

Brand: GE

Model Number: HTS16HBMFRWW

Your Precious Words:
I have a GE Hotpoint top freezer unit. The unit condensor fan in the bottom back runs constantly. Food will freeze if under vent. Currently, manageable at temp 1. The unit will turn off at the temp control (thermostat) if I turn to “0”. Other notes: my wife recently clean the coils (while plugged in) even though manual says to unplug it. The unit was backed up almost against the wall (bad air circulation) with lots of dust in the carboard-like grill. The light switch and thermostat have continuity by me checking them with a voltmeter (read near 0). I’ve attached the tech sheet. Any ideas?? Please HELP!! I’d love to fix this. “Teach me the ways of the samurai”

Ahh, Grasshoppah, it is my pleasure to teach you the Ways of the Samurai. Come, sit at my feet while I make your enemies your footstool…

What you have here is a simple case of a cold control with welded contactitis. The cold control is the control that the temperature dial knob is connected to, the knob you have set at “1”. It’s not uncommon for the little electrical contacts inside it to wear over time, start arcing and eventually fuse together so they can no longer open in response to temperature changes. The control cuts off when you turn it to “0” because that’s a different internal mechanism. They are not field repairable– just replace it. This is the replacement cold control for your refrigerator, comes with a 365-day return policy ==>

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