Hi, My apologies for cluttering the list with this OT post, but I don't know where else to turn for this info. I recently moved into a house and bought a new refrigerator, GE gts18hbs (no water tap, no ice maker). It has a "quiet" package, but seems to me to be sort of louder than I'm used to. It also seems to run for a long time; I timed it a week or so ago, when my house was 68 degrees F, and the fridge ran for 52 minutes. The temp inside the fridge seems stable and moderate; nothing ever freezes, and it's always cold enough to make Miller High Life passably palatable. My problem is that I don't know what is "normal". If anyone can tell me one way or the other whether I may have a problem unit on my hands, I would appreciate it very much. Thanks, Brian
Sorry man, i don't think there is a refrigerator that makes miller palatable, are you sure you haven't found some sort of mystical box??? On 4/20/06, Brian Kamnetz wrote: <Snip> -- "Good night, and Good Coffee"
Hi Brian, Is This the fridge you are referring to? Maybe this will help. Brett On 4/20/06, Woody DeCasere wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman
Brian, I'm not surprised that it is running almost constantly. A smaller heat pump would make less noise, so they probably made it as small as they could. The= y likely designed for a lower maximum ambient temperature than they would hav= e in the past, since homes are air conditioned the refrigerator will be operating in a cooler environment. As a plus, a heat pump is most efficient under these conditions. --MikeW On 4/20/06, Brian Kamnetz wrote: <Snip> -- "Life is just one damned thing after another." - Elbert Hubbard
You will want to check the following: The cooling coils on back if they are there. How clean are they. vaccuum them if need be. The drip pan underneath, check that and clean it. the compressor in the back, make sure it is clean, and the fan in that area if there is one is clean and spins freely as well... make sure you have power OFF before you go sticking your skinners in there. the freezer, is it defrosted. how long since you did a really hard defrost on it. Problem is many of them the coils etc are behind the white plastic and you really can't see them. The clixon device that initiates the defrost cycle can stop working (this is a common problem although a cheap fix on many units) it gets packed with ice and then doesn't do it's job like it is supposed to. Running an hour at a time if you have not opened the doors does seem a bit long. again, dirt on the compressor outside coils or excessive ice on the inside coils can cause this. If you are able, unplug the thing and leave it with doors open for 12 to 24 hours, this will ensure all the ice that might be back in there gets melted, then plug it in and give it a few hours to cool down again and see how it works for you then. Since I do not know your technical abilities or AC/R knowledge I am not going to recommend taking it apart, unscrewing the innards in the freezer compartment. Aaron
Brian, with a brand new machine, it is unlikely that the evaporator (Cold coil) in the freezer is iced up. The extended "run" time is quite normal for the very first operation, but it shouldn't be the normal operating mode if the door is not kept open for extended periods. Let me see what's online for the GE gts18hbs, but at this point, the warranty should certainly cover you. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder?
It's new, so probably no dirt. But checking the coils & fan is a good idea= . Check that packing material was fully removed. On 4/20/06, Aaron wrote: <Snip> -- "Life is just one damned thing after another." - Elbert Hubbard
Home Despot seems to be highest at 550$, but I didn't see any glaring service problem reports at all. You should call an appliance service center, like Sears, and ask if your observations indicate a real problem, like the defrost timer stuck in the defrost mode. (Its heater can supply heat faster than the refrigeration system can extract it.) Wherever you got it, it's still their problem, whether or not you got extended warranty coverage. Let them undeliver the junker and bring a new replacement. Of course, "it's normal operation," if the seller wants to be = a twit. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Let your fingers do the walking, Brian-
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. OK, I'll bite. "If someone tried to fill me full of High Life, I'd run too." Har!! Whew.I'm spent. From: homeroast-admin [mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of raymanowen Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 7:41 PM To: homeroast Subject: Re: +OT - Refrigerator Home Despot seems to be highest at 550$, but I didn't see any glaring service problem reports at all. You should call an appliance service center, like Sears, and ask if your observations indicate a real problem, like the defrost timer stuck in the defrost mode. (Its heater can supply heat faster than the refrigeration system can extract it.) Wherever you got it, it's still their problem, whether or not you got extended warranty coverage. Let them undeliver the junker and bring a new replacement. Of course, "it's normal operation," if the seller wants to be a twit. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Let your fingers do the walking, Brian-
Thanks, Ray and others, I plan to call the seller (the refrig has been in the house for less than a month and was new when it got there) but I wanted to get some "ammo" from all the knowlegable people on this list before I contacted the seller. The suggestion about calling an appliance repair place is a very good one, and I will do that. Thanks again for all the assistance. Brian On 4/20/06, raymanowen wrote: <Snip> e a <Snip>
Brian, you're right- "call the seller," and give him the opportunity to evaluate the machine. You certainly paid for a brand new machine, but the seller may propose to "make you whole" by repairing this one. It's your call- how much damage was done to your home by the ex- airport baggage mashers in the original delivery? From my experience with refrigerator delivery, I am sure there was some, and it shouldn't be hard t= o spot in your new home. On 4/21/06, Brian Kamnetz wrote: <Snip> r <Snip> -- "When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Wichita WurliTzer
You might also want to check on an insurance thing. I know when I moved into a house, they had some kind of 'appliance' insurance on it, where things breaking down were covered, you called a number, paid like a 40 dollar fee or whatever it was for the service call and whatever had to be done, was done. Im not sure about the rest of the states, or even sure if this is true but was told at the time, that in florida, jacksonville, that's a fairly common thing the seller will do to help sell the house / boost the value because it only cost like 400 or 500 a year for this. trust me, two burst pipes in the wall, the thing paid for itself with one @#$$%^ plumbers visit. Now if only I had that ultrasonic plumbers crack detector I could have prevented all of that :) Aaron
On 4/21/06, Aaron wrote: <Snip> That is a called a Homeowner's Warranty policy. They are common in Texas, too. <Snip>