Troubleshooting for GE Fridge


No matter what type of refrigerator you have, or how old it may be, the refrigerator may develop some working issues. Since a GE refrigerator has so many parts, these issues can occur in a variety of locations on the unit and effect a variety of components. If your GE refrigerator starts to show signs of a major problem, a few troubleshooting tips may help get your refrigerators back to working order.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjust the GE refrigerator so that it is level if you have an issue with spills inside the refrigerator or if items sit unevenly. First, remove the grille on the GE fridge by removing any visible screws from the sides of the grille and then pulling on each side of the grille to pop it free from the unit. Then, adjust the legs on each side of the refrigerator by turning the screws on each side of the refrigerator to the right to raise that side of the refrigerator and to the left to lower that side of the fridge.

  • Make sure the refrigerator is running in standard mode if you cannot adjust the temperatures in the refrigerator. First, GE recommends checking the refrigerator's plug to ensure that it is fully inserted into the electrical outlet and checking that the control by the temperature setting is set to "on." Then, release the refrigerator from its "demo" mode by simultaneously pressing the "Energy Saver" and "Adjust Freezer" buttons outside the refrigerator door and holding them down for three seconds, and then pressing the "Ice Off" and "Freezer" buttons simultaneously for three seconds inside the refrigerator.

  • Change the temperature on the temperature dial if the refrigerator feels too warm or food is going bad before the expiration dates. Turn the dial or press the up button on the digital control up one number to set the refrigerator to a cooler temperature. To remove the refrigerator from diagnostic mode, which the refrigerator can mistakenly be left in after servicing, according to GE, unplug the refrigerator's power cord from the wall for 30 seconds and then plug the unit back in to return it to normal operation.

  • Move food items that sit toward the front of the refrigerator shelves to the back of the shelves if the door has trouble closing properly, which prevents the door from getting a proper seal. If the door still doesn't seal properly when closed, check the seals around the door. If you find one that does not meet the surface of the refrigerator completely, have the seal replaced to prevent cold air from escaping the refrigerator.

Tips & Warnings

  • When adjusting the refrigerator, make sure that the refrigerator sits ¼-inch higher in the front than in the back so that the door closes on its own when left open.

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