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GE Freezer is Cold, but Refrigerator is Not? This May Be Why…


GE refrigerators are a popular choice in San Diego for many homeowners. Based on our in-house statistics we find the information to be accurate. Premier Appliance Repair in San Diego has trained  GE technicians with lowest possible prices on parts due to the volume that we do with our GE parts vendors.GE refrigerator come in a variety of styles and sizes and can be used to store both food and drinks. GE refrigerators are reliable machines, but sometimes they may develop problems. One common problem homeowners experience is that a GE freezer is cold, but refrigerator is not.


GE Freezer is Cold, but Refrigerator is Not? This May Be Why…

We will discuss one common problem that GE refrigerator owners often experience: the freezer is cold, but the fresh food section is not. We will describe each issue, what causes it, and how we can help to fix it. After reviewing this troubleshooting guide, if the GE freezer is cold, but refrigerator is not continues to be a problem, you’ll want to call a professional to diagnose and repair your refrigerator.

Overstuffing Can Cause Problems

One common reason your GE freezer is cold but refrigerator is not is overstuffing. Overstuffing can cause problems if you have too much food in your refrigerator. Too many items will block the air flow that allows cold air to circulate. As a result, the refrigerator will not be able to maintain its proper temperature which is 37” degrees , and the freezer section will be cold while the fresh food section is warm. You will need to remove some items from your freezer & refrigerator to fix this problem. Once you have removed the items, you should check the air flow vents from the freezer to refrigerator to ensure they are not blocked or iced up.  If the vents are clear and the GE freezer is still cold, but the refrigerator is not, you may have a different issue.


Dirty Condenser Coils To Blame?

GE refrigerator not cooling but freezer works fine? Dirty condenser coils may be the problem. The condenser coils are responsible for removing heat from the refrigerant. If the coils are dirty, they will not be able to remove the heat efficiently. As a result, the refrigerant will not be cooled properly, and the GE freezer is cold, but refrigerator is not will be a problem. Dirty condenser coils can also cause the problem of a refrigerator runs constantly. To clean the condenser coils if you would like to do it yourself you will need to unplug the refrigerator and remove the access panel. Once you have access to the coils, you will need to brush them off with a stiff brush. You may also need to use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove the dirt and dust. If the coils are very dirty, they may need to be professionally cleaned this is where we come in and do the work and inspection of your entire refrigerator which will include ice maker operation, evaporator fan, condenser fan, door seals, water dispenser, inlet valve and many other components that need attention on yearly suggest maintenance by our technician at Premier Appliance.


Evaporator Fan Motor is Faulty

Another potential reason for your GE freezer is cold, but the refrigerator is not is a faulty evaporator fan motor. The evaporator fan motor is responsible for circulating air throughout the freezer compartment. If the motor is not working properly, the air will not circulate properly.

To test the evaporator fan motor, you must unplug the refrigerator and remove the access panel. Once you have access to the motor, you will need to test it for continuity. If the evaporator fan motor is not working properly, you will need to have it replaced by a professional.

GE Refrigerator Defrost System Failure

Are you wondering, “My GE fridge isn’t cold, but the freezer is? This is sometimes a symptom of possible defrost system failure. The defrost system is responsible for removing the frost from the evaporator coils. If the defrost system is not working properly, the GE freezer will be cold, but the refrigerator will not.

Frost can accumulate on the evaporator coils if the defrost system fails, and your refrigerator will struggle to stay cold.


A professional will need to replace these parts if they fail:

  • Defrost Timer: The defrost timer activates the heater or turns it off at certain times during the day to prevent frost from building up on the coils.
  • Defrost Control Board: The defrost control board decides when to start the defrost cycle.
  • Defrost Thermostat: The defrost thermostat is a temperature sensor that controls the defrost system by sending signals to it when necessary. If you suspect a faulty component is causing the issue with your refrigerator and freezer cooling unevenly, we recommend calling a professional technician from Premier Appliance Repair.Our technicians are trained and experienced in repairing GE refrigerators and can quickly diagnose and repair your appliance. Schedule a service call today!

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