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littlecc

05:31PM | 01/26/06
Member Since: 01/25/06
8 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I sure hope someone can help me. My refrigerator started makeing a HORRIBLE noise the other night. It's a GE model number TFX20JR. Had a guy come look at it and he replaced a defrost timer for $207. It's still not working!! The ice maker valve is leaking by and building up in the cooler coils in the freezer. PLEASE HELP!!

DanO

10:03PM | 01/26/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** GE model number TFX20JR **

TFX20JR is only the very first part of a model number, did you get it right off the appliance's model and serial number identification tag? That is the only reliable place the complete model number will be found.

You can find tips on where to locate the model and serial number tag on your appliances in the 'Repair Parts' section of my web site linked below.

** The ice maker valve is leaking **

That can be caused by insufficient water pressure at the valve or a defect in the valve itself.

Poor water pressure can be caused by a partially plugged sediment screen (if used) where the water line attaches to the water valve on the fridge, a kink in the water line, a plugged water filter (if used) or more often, a partial blockage in the valve attached to the house water pipe.

If a 'self piercing' saddle valve was installed on the house water pipe or any kind of saddle valve was installed on the underside of a horizontal pipe, it would be very suspect. Lime and scale tend to build up in such a position, eventually closing off its aperture. Only a drill type saddle valve should be used (if not a regular plumbing tap) and only installed on the side of a vertical pipe or the *top* or a horizontal pipe.

** Had a guy come look at it. It's still not working!! **

Than insist he come back and fix it properly!

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=GE+Fridge

The Appliance Information Site

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littlecc

04:35AM | 01/27/06
Member Since: 01/25/06
8 lifetime posts
I can't get a hold of the guy that replaced the defrost timer. He was supposed to be "oh his way" Wednesday at 6:30 and he never showed up. I've called and left dozens of messages, all to no avail. My husband took a hair dryer to the coil area and got it defrosted again. He now thinks it's leaking from the pipe at the top wehre it runs into the ice maker. He pulled the fridge apart today and checked the water inlet valve and said it was fine. I got the model number off of a sticker on the inside of the fridge. Next time he pulls the fridge out from the wall I'll check for the whole number. It's working just fine now because we've turned the ice maker off. Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

littlecc

04:37AM | 01/27/06
Member Since: 01/25/06
8 lifetime posts
Scratch that, he just said it WAS still leaking even though the water is cut off. We are confused!! Thanks guys.

DanO

07:57AM | 01/27/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** I can't get a hold of the guy that replaced the defrost timer. **

I don't suppose he was a GE *factory authorized* service depot as I would have recommended you call (see the following link) for service on a GE product.

- Who To Call For Home Service?

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/service/whotocall.shtml

** he just said it WAS still leaking even though the water is cut off. **

The water was "cut off" where? At the tap on the house water pipe or just the water valve on the fridge??

** He said it was fine. **

How exactly did he determine that? It can not be determined just by a visual inspection.

** He now thinks it's leaking from the pipe at the top where it runs into the ice maker. **

Isn't that where you originally said it was leaking from??

** We are confused! **

So am I now. You're going to need to explain things in a little more detail if you want us to try to provide suggestions.

** I got the model number off of a sticker on the inside of the fridge. **

But was it the *right* 'sticker'??

** Next time he pulls the fridge out from the wall I'll check for the whole number. **

It will not be on the *back* of the fridge, it will usually be *inside* the fridge as explained at my web site. You may have just been looking at the wrong label and not the actual model and serial number tag.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=GE+Fridge

The Appliance Information Site

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littlecc

07:55AM | 01/28/06
Member Since: 01/25/06
8 lifetime posts
I found the entire model number: TFX20JRBC WW. He has the water cut off under the sink. It is STILL leaking from the top of the ice maker somehow. Yesterday the temp. in the refrigerator started to drop again and my husband jiggled the timer, slammed the door and the fridge cut back on again.

DanO

08:40AM | 01/28/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** He has the water cut off under the sink. It is STILL leaking from the top of the ice maker somehow. **

Than that tap (under the sink) is obviously NOT doing its job and likely either needs to be serviced or replaced.

The water valve *on the fridge* will not close properly without at least 20 PSI of water pressure against it.

** slammed the door and the fridge cut back on again. **

That could be a sign that the fridge's thermostat was 'sticking'. In such a case, it might need to be replaced.

- GE TFX20JRBCWW Thermostat (aka 'cold control')

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/data.php?rc=310893

Other possibilities for 'not cooling' problems on frost free refrigerators are listed at the following link:

- My frost free refrigerator is not cooling properly. What might be the problem?

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=659

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=GE+Fridge

The Appliance Information Site

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littlecc

09:30AM | 01/28/06
Member Since: 01/25/06
8 lifetime posts
I'll have him check the pipe under the sink when he gets up (he works nights). Where exactly does the thermostat assembly go? Fridge or freezer? Is there a universal part number for it? I can't get to GE's own part website for some reason. It keeps giving me a session expired error. Thanks so much for helping me out.

littlecc

11:16AM | 01/28/06
Member Since: 01/25/06
8 lifetime posts
I just checked and the temperature is almost 50 degrees now!!

DanO

11:33AM | 01/28/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** Where exactly does the thermostat assembly go? **

Directly behind the knob to set the temperature.

** Is there a universal part number for it? **

There is no 'universal' part available for that control that I'm aware of.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts?ref411=GE+Refrigerator

The Appliance Information Site

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