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diyrepair

08:25PM | 10/05/07
Member Since: 08/17/04
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I have a GE side by side fridge/freezer, model TFX24R with ice maker and water in the door. It's got a few quirks to get the ice maker and water in the door to work, but that's tolerable (it's a switch that's bad. I can tolerate kicking the bottom of the door to get that to work..)

Lately, the unit has been making a clicking noise when the compressor starts. The compressor then attempts to run, but stops. about 30 seconds later it will retry. After anywhere from 2-8 cycles of this, the compressor runs fine. The unit works fine, and is old as dirt... (not really sure on the age, but it is old.)

My question is, is there an oil reservoir on the motor or compressor, or even an oil zert or place to put oil in to it? Would it be possible that the unit just needs oil in the motor? The unit is old, and should be replaced, but there is nothing in the budget currently for replacement, so I am trying to keep this thing running for another year...

The clicking thing (sounds like a relay engaging) has been slowly getting worse in the 3 years I've owned this house..

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance

DanO

10:46PM | 10/05/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** GE fridge model TFX24R **

TFX24R is only 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 for locating the model and serial number identification tag on your appliances at the following link:

- Model Number Tag Search

LINK > www.appliance411.com/parts/tagsearch.cgi

** Lately, the unit has been making a clicking noise when the compressor starts. The compressor then attempts to run, but stops. about 30 seconds later it will retry. After anywhere from 2-8 cycles of this, the compressor runs fine. **

Allowing the compressor to cycle on and off like that can damage the compressor (if it isn't already the cause). Any time it starts doing that it should be turned off or unplugged for 10-15 minutes to allow the compressor to cool and give the refrigerant pressures a chance to equalize. If it doesn't start right up after that, it should be left off until it can be serviced.

** Would it be possible that the unit just needs oil in the motor? **

There is oil in the compressor and no, it doesn't need more.

** The clicking thing (sounds like a relay engaging) has been slowly getting worse in the 3 years I've owned this house. **

It should be looked into before permanent damage is done to the compressor and leaves you no choice except to replace the appliance.

JMO

Dan O.

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

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diyrepair

09:46PM | 10/08/07
Member Since: 08/17/04
16 lifetime posts
The model number is TFX24RRB FG. As for the fridge, I don't really want to call a service guy out (the thing is 12 years old, not in the greatest of conditions (I inherited this from the previous owner of the house), and do not want to put a lot of cash into fixing this one if it's going to be replaced (the unit need a new fridge shelves, icemaker switch, the freezer door switch (gotta kick the door to get ice or water), a new fruit drawer, the icemaker access door, a lamp cover, a new weatherstrip). The unit still works suprisingly, though just not very efficiently:)

Any ideas on what to check on this to figure out why it doesn't turn over on the first or second time, or is my only option to call a service tech?

Could it be that the unit needs the refridgerant recharged?

Thanks

DanO

09:48AM | 10/09/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** Any ideas on what to check on this to figure out why it doesn't turn over on the first or second time **

Well a technician would likely hook the compressor directly to a test cord and check its amperage draw. If its amperage was Ok, he might assume the relay and/or overload was the problem.

- GE TFX24RRB Compressor Relay

LINK > www.appliance411.com/data.php?rc=289926

- GE TFX24RRB Compressor Overload

LINK > www.appliance411.com/data.php?rc=309603

If the current draw WAS excessive, it would often point to a problem in the compressor itself but could also be caused by a problem in the power supply to the fridge. You're not running it on an extension cord are you?

JMO

Dan O.

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

The Appliance Information Site

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