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GE Refrigerator Freezing Food

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Refrigerator freezing food are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Refrigerator freezing food

Cause 1Thermistor

The thermistor monitors the air temperature and sends the temperature reading to the control board. The control board then regulates power to the compressor and evaporator fan based on the thermistor readings. If the thermistor is defective, the compressor and evaporator fan may run too frequently. As a result, the refrigerator will be too cool. To determine if the thermistor is defective, test it with a multimeter. The thermistor resistance should change in conjunction with the refrigerator temperature. If the thermistor resistance does not change, or the thermistor does not have continuity, replace the thermistor.

Parts
Thermistor for your GERefrigerator
Thermistor - Part # 914093 Mfg Part # WR55X10025

Refrigerator or freezer temperature sensor (also called a thermistor). The thermistor monitors the refrigerator, freezer, and evaporator temperature and sends the temperature reading to the control board.

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Cause 2Temperature Control Board

The temperature control board provides voltage to the compressor and fan motors. If the control board is faulty, it may send continuous voltage to the compressor or fan motors. As a result, the refrigerator will be too cool. Control boards are often misdiagnosed—before replacing the control board, first test all of the more commonly defective components. If none of the other components are defective, consider replacing the temperature control board.

Parts
Temperature Control Board for your GERefrigerator
Temperature Control Board - Part # 1092847 Mfg Part # WR55X10340

Temperature control board assembly

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Cause 3Main Control Board

The main control board might be defective. However, the control board is very rarely the cause of the problem. Before replacing the control board, first test all of the more commonly defective components. If none of these components are defective, consider replacing the main control board.

Parts
Main Control Board for your GERefrigerator
Main Control Board - Part # 1531075 Mfg Part # WR55X10942

Refrigerator main control board assembly with installation instructions. This board also has the defrost controls built into it.

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Cause 4Damper Control Assembly

The air damper control opens and closes to let the proper amount of cold air into the refrigerator compartment. If the damper does not close properly, it will let too much cold air into the refrigerator. Check the damper control to determine if it is broken or stuck open.

Parts
Damper Control Assembly for your GERefrigerator
Damper Control Assembly - Part # 1091672 Mfg Part # WR09X10114

Air damper assembly, refrigerator

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