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1962 GE Spacemaker tc-469 defrost timer
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Post# 1023186   1/31/2019 at 15:29 (492 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

My 1962 GE Spacemaker refrigerator (with Frost-guard), model TC-469v has served us well for many years with few repairs needed. I have a special bond with it- as it was manufactured in December 1961- the same month and year I was born. So naturally, I hate to see it die. The defrost timer (part number wr9x164) stopped working a few months back and I am having to defrost manually every 6-10 days to keep the refrigerator section cold (the freezer stays ice cold all the time). My wife has about had it with this process and is threatening to replace our old friend with an ugly new model. About 7 years ago, another member on this site (perc-o-prince) had the same issue with the same model. He mentioned someone named John (combo52) who had left a replacement timer that worked - but I gather it was not the same part number. Are there other defrost timers that will work in this model? I found one that looks very similar- but it is expensive and I hate to spend the money if it will not work. That failing- is there anything that can be done to revive the old part? (can it be tested?). Attaching photos of model/serial number plate, front of ref, and two pages from the service manual (I have them for the entire 1961/2 refrigerator line[wiring diagrams too]- and the wall refrig. - as well as all sunbeam appliances going back to the 1940s!) Sorry- lots of questions...

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Post# 1023188 , Reply# 1   1/31/2019 at 15:55 (492 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I'm only guessing, but odds are the timer motor inside the defrost control box is the culprit.  If you can extract it and get the specs off of it, you may be able to find a replacement that will put this beautiful refrigerator-freezer back in business.


Otherwise, if you buy a new fridge your mantra for years to come will be "I told you so" when the Mrs. says how much she wishes she still had the features and conveniences of your GE.

Post# 1023191 , Reply# 2   1/31/2019 at 16:07 (492 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

Thank you for your comment, RP2813 - your idea is worth a try! Actually- my wife, who hated our vintage kitchen at first, has come to love it. She has even 'shown off' the Tappan 400 and the refrigerator (especially the swing-out shelves and the butter conditioner) to visitors. So- I think she would miss it too. However, she has become rather touchy about the amount of food we lose when I forget to defrost in time. Just now- pecking around on eBay, I found a defrost timer that looks just like the one I have- and it was reasonably priced - so I took a chance and bought it. Mine was #wr9x164- the new one is #wr9x284. Anyone have an idea whether these are compatible? - Thanks- John G.

Post# 1023279 , Reply# 3   2/1/2019 at 10:29 (491 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Non Defrosting GE REF With Hot-Gas Defrost

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Hi John, are you able to force a defrost cycle by advancing the old defrost timer with a screw driver ?, If so the defrost timer control is bad, if not it could still be a bad control or a bad hot gas valve coil [ located next to the compressor in the back.

You can substitute a regular defrost timer but you need one with a short defrost period, 10 minutes is best.

To keep the ref section cooling properly you need to run a defrost cycle every day or two otherwise the air circulation gets blocked fairly fast.

John L.

Post# 1023284 , Reply# 4   2/1/2019 at 10:40 (491 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

John L. - Thank you for your reply (I recall you helped someone with the same problem with the same model back in 2013 - in fact - he mentioned you helped him get a replacement part!) - so I was really hoping to hear from you. Dumb question- how do you advance the defrost timer with a screwdriver - do you use the column-shaped thing with the slot that pokes out the bottom of the part (I try to only use technical language!). If the hot gas valve turns out to be the problem- is there a way to fix it? You are right about how quickly the air circulation gets blocked- John G.

Post# 1026329 , Reply# 5   3/5/2019 at 16:01 (459 days old) by Pardo (KY)        

Iíve got one of these TC-469s.. My grandparents bought it new in 1962. In recent months the fridge section is not cooling well. The freezer works great. We unplugged and fully defrosted it in case there was some ice build-up blocking airflow to the refrigerator section, but the issue remains. Iím wondering if there is some fan or blower that no longer works that should be blowing cold air up to the fridge (these are bottom freezers). Any suggestions would be a great help. Thanks.

Post# 1026339 , Reply# 6   3/5/2019 at 17:00 (459 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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In picture 4 of 4 in the OP, a fan for the fresh food section is mentioned.  Whether it operates like the average two-door refrigerator by blowing freezer air into the fresh food section is tough to determine as the text is incomplete.  

Post# 1026524 , Reply# 7   3/7/2019 at 20:49 (457 days old) by Pardo (KY)        

Thanks for the response. Iím trying to figure out if the flow of that fan is drawing cool air in from the freezer, or drawing warmer air from the fridge back into the freezer for cooling. Do these work like an HVAC system with returns and supplies (like a cycle of air) or do all openings only supply cool air into the fridge? There are 3 openings into the fridge that I can identify : 2 at the bottom of the fridge behind the drawers (one of these has the ďfresh food fanĒ over it) and one opening at the very top of the fridge. Thanks for any insight.

Post# 1026543 , Reply# 8   3/7/2019 at 22:58 (457 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I've never heard of a fan drawing air from the fresh food section into the freezer.  It's always the other way around.  If that fan isn't operating at full RPM, it's likely the source of your problem.   Even if the blades are turning, that doesn't mean they're turning at full speed.  This would be the "evaporator fan" mentioned in picture 4 of 4 in the OP.


The fresh food fan seems to be something that only distributes air within the fresh food cabinet, presumably to maintain even temperatures throughout the cabinet.  If the fresh food section is warmer than it should be, then the evaporator fan is likely the culprit.


If it's something besides the evaporator fan, it's likely out of my scope to diagnose.



Post# 1026572 , Reply# 9   3/8/2019 at 09:58 (456 days old) by Pardo (KY)        

Thanks for the help and pointers. Really appreciate it.

Post# 1026573 , Reply# 10   3/8/2019 at 10:23 (456 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1960s GE bottom freezer frost guard refrigerators

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These were kind of unique refrigerators and operated differently than most other refrigerators they had an evaporator fan in the freezer that just circulated air with in the freezer, and they had an evaporator fan that was controlled by an electric thermostat for the refrigerator section which was behind the right hand crisper. This fan actually pushed air into the freezer and pressurized the freezer which in turn forced air to come up through a duct all the way to the top of the refrigerator section.

If the fan is running behind the crisper then you have a frost clog condition in the evaporator in the freezer section you often canít see this frost itís sort of in the center of the evaporator but there are separate air channels to go through the middle of the evaporator which are just intended to cool the air going up into the refrigerator section.

This was a really sophisticated system for its time when the refrigerator section called for cooling by turning on this fan it blasted cold air into the refrigerator section very quickly it was much faster cooling food down than most frost free refrigerators that had just one fan in the freezer


Post# 1026576 , Reply# 11   3/8/2019 at 12:00 (456 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Very interesting.  Thanks for the tutorial, John!

Post# 1026620 , Reply# 12   3/9/2019 at 01:48 (456 days old) by Pardo (KY)        

Awesome - thanks for the insight. It appears that the fan behind the drawer (crisper) is not working on my fridge. That must be the source of my cooling issue. Any recommendations on how to track down a replacement part? Thanks again for the help.

Post# 1026635 , Reply# 13   3/9/2019 at 08:52 (455 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
No cooling in the refrigerator section of a 1960s GE

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On your refrigerator the fan in the fresh food section should run whenever the compressor is on and the thermostat in the refrigerator section is closed, you could have a bad thermostat in the refrigerator but more likely is probably worn out fan motor.

I would remove the fan motor and check for power there and after that try to match up a replacement fan motor not too long ago you could still get those from GE

I did a service call a few years ago in Georgetown where GE came out and told the customer her americana refrigerator had to bad fan motors he sold with the parts but refused to install them saying that GE service wasnít allowed to repair anything that old, so she called me and I installed the new fan motors.


Post# 1026829 , Reply# 14   3/11/2019 at 15:23 (453 days old) by Pardo (KY)        

This is great - thanks to you guys for the info and recommendations. Really appreciate the help.

Post# 1028184 , Reply# 15   3/28/2019 at 10:35 (436 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

I am finally posting a reply to Combo52's suggestion that I try to manually force a defrost cycle. I rotated the timer as he suggested and heard the 'click' that he told me would occur. The service manual indicates that the fan in the freezer would not run when the fridge is in defrost mode. the fan never ceased to run during my test- nor
did I hear the solenoid operate (it has always made a sort of 'whump' noise when the defrost cycle kicks in). However- the need to manually defrost seemed less frequent- so I thought perhaps it was working to some degree. Now it has become pretty clear that the new timer did not do the trick (perhaps it is defective or has a very wrong time cycle). At any rate- wife is again threatening replacement. Luckily- thanks to Sarah Perdue, I heard from someone locally who may be able to help (yippee!)- but any further input or ideas would be most welcome.

Post# 1028187 , Reply# 16   3/28/2019 at 10:57 (436 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Defrost Problems With A 60s GE Hot Gas System

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Something is wrong, the evaporator fan in the freezer must turn off in order for to defrost properly, hopefully the local guy can figure it out, it is often impossible to make a proper diagnose without being able to personally examine the patient.

It may be the timer is wired wrong or is just bad, this is actually a very simple system and is easy to figure out what is wrong with some simple tests for someone that is familiar with it.

Keep us posted, John

Post# 1028302 , Reply# 17   3/29/2019 at 13:18 (435 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

I suspected something was not right when the fan never stopped during the test. I followed the wiring diagram - the color of the wires matched the instructions with the part - and the old timer had color-coded dots that match the new part. Maybe the new one is defective. I hope the local guy can sort it out! Wife said she will be patient until he can look it over - so we are safe from ugly new refrigerators for a while. The guy said he will take a look when he returns from a work assignment in about a month. Will let you know what we learn and what is done to repair it. It is interesting to me that several AW site members have the same model fridge! It really is a nice one- and gave 57 years of almost trouble-free service. Oh- I will take a photo of the interior and post it to see whether you have anything like the bar that is missing over the butter keeper (we talked about that - and I forgot to get the photo). Thanks!

Post# 1033316 , Reply# 18   5/21/2019 at 10:35 (382 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        
I have the same refrigerator TC469WB

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I have the same refrigerator, but a different problem. After a year of waiting for it to be repaired, I got it back with a new compressor, but the fan does not stay on and the compressor does not restart, which is exactly what the problem was before I sent it out for repair. :(

Mxrman, were you able to find a source for parts? Also, where did you find the service manual? I have been looking for one forever!


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Post# 1033539 , Reply# 19   5/24/2019 at 15:24 (379 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

Hi! Your refrigerator looks just like ours- but opens on the other side - sorry to read about your troubles in the other post. I hope you can get the fan situation resolved. I have been amazed at how many people on this site have this particular model fridge and are working hard to keep them going. Unfortunately, mine is still not working properly (the replacement defrost timer must be a dud) and my wife is about to go into meltdown about it (she is lobbying to buy a new one just about every other day now...). Other than the defrost cycle not working- there is nothing wrong with the fridge! My source for parts has been eBay as the nearest parts store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which used to be very friendly and helpful - is neither any longer. There is someone who has promised to come look at it next time he is in the area - I hope that soon comes to pass. The manual was given to me by a man (now deceased) who had a GE appliance dealership in Eutaw, Alabama since the 1940s. He let me go through his old manuals and get any that referred to appliances I own. I wonder if I could ask you a favor- would you take a photo of the inside of the top door? Mine is missing the bar over the butter conditioner, and I would like to see what one looks like. Thanks - let me know if I can be of any help. - John

Post# 1033873 , Reply# 20   5/29/2019 at 14:28 (374 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        
Photo Inside Top Door

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Hi John,

Here is a photo of the inside of the door for you. I need to find new bars for the door myself. When I first got the refrigerator it was so filthy I threw some of the parts in the dishwasher and it ruined them, which is why there is a white film on the bars. I seriously regret that decision.

My repairman just left a little while ago. Apparently, the wiring is a mess and has to be rewired so the fan can be connected. The overload is broken too, so that has to be replaced. After he has all that taken care of then we will address replacing the compressor with one that was recommended by Combo52 (John) way back when I first purchased the refrigerator. I had printed out his recommendation for the first repairman, but he apparently was not willing to take anyone else's advice and installed this crappy Panasonic compressor I did not want. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon so I can finally bring it into the kitchen instead of having it sit in the garage.


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Post# 1034642 , Reply# 21   6/6/2019 at 14:26 (366 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

Thank you so much for posting the photo of the bars. I wondered what it was supposed to look like. Combo52 mentioned once that if I could send a photo- perhaps he could help locate something like it. Our defrost timer is not working- and wife is getting very annoyed about manual defrosting every few days. Yikes! She dragged me around town looking a new refrigerators last week - I am getting worried! Let me know if you need a copy of the manual (I made one for someone else for the cost of copies and shipping (I think it came to $7). It also has the nomenclature for the serial number - so you can decipher exactly when it was made!

Post# 1038650 , Reply# 22   7/18/2019 at 16:39 (324 days old) by turbokinetic (Northport, Alabama USA)        
Update on the Defrost Problem.....

Hey folks.  Today I was able to make a visit to John's home and troubleshoot the Spacemaker defrost problem.


The reason that previous remote troubleshooting attempts had been fruitless became obvious.  One, the defrost coil was burned open preventing the defrost function from happening at all.  The second issue was an improper prior repair. There were two wires tied together behind the rear cover, causing the fans to run all the time; even when the defrost control was calling for defrost mode to be active. This prevented the expected operation when the control was manually advanced. The control would click but the fans would not stop.


Using the service manual, it was apparent what sort of closed or open circuits we should see with the defrost control removed. There was a short between two of the wires, bypassing the defrost control. Searching for that led to discovery of the bodge job behind the rear cover.


The wire going to the defrost coil its self was also reading open circuit. That was when I located the charred defrost coil.


Another interesting finding was that the compressor had been replaced. It is an original type GE part, but it has the more modern 3-wire configuration instead of the 4-wire setup originally on the refrigerator. I'm not sure if the fan bypass was made when the 3-wire fan (which works with the original compressor) was changed to a 2-wire fan; but it was definitely not correct.


 I have a feeling that the fans failing to stop during defrost could have caused very long defrost cycles. That's because the fan would have been dissipating the heat and blowing cold air across the coils while they were trying to warm up. This could have allowed the defrost solenoid to remain on too long too many times and possibly shortened its life.


So, now I am looking for a defrost coil. The original is badly burned. I'm not sure it would be feasible to deconstruct and determine the number of winding wraps in it; to rewind it. I did find a washing machine water fill coil which seems to be a close match, as far as the physical dimensions. What I'm hoping is, that someone here knows the specs on that coil, such as the resistance, or number of winding turns and wire gauge. 


We may try the washing machine coil, but it will be an hour drive each way for me. I would like some specs to compare it against.







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Post# 1038660 , Reply# 23   7/18/2019 at 17:43 (324 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

It was such a pleasure to meet David today- and I appreciate so much his expertise and assistance. I was amazed when he discovered the incorrectly done repair - and a few other things that needed to be corrected! There is no telling for how many years the problems existed - yet the machine continued to run for the 20 years I have had it! I hope he is successful in finding the necessary part so my favorite refrigerator will run again! Thank you, David!

Post# 1038677 , Reply# 24   7/18/2019 at 21:41 (324 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Great progress on Johns GE TC469 frig .


I am so glad that David was able to tear into your frig and figure out what is wrong. the problems he uncovered shows why it is often difficult to help someone fix something without actually seeing it, especially an older appliance where its impossible to know what has been done to it over the years.


A WP ice machine defrost coil should work on this frig, you should also be able to modify a standard 12 hour defrost timer to shorten the 25 minute defrost period to about 10 minutes so you can keep this frig defrosting properly for many years to come.


John L.

Post# 1038697 , Reply# 25   7/19/2019 at 08:00 (323 days old) by turbokinetic (Northport, Alabama USA)        

Hi John - thanks for the reply!  I had a feeling we would encounter something along these lines (changed wiring etc.) which was at the root of the problem.

As for the WP defrost coil; I'm not as "in the loop" as you are with the current equipment. Would it be possible for you to give a little more information on that coil? We have a couple appliance places here but they are the type who automatically say "no" until you convince them they probably have it. The more info the better. Today will be my last opportunity to assist with this fridge before a 3 week period of unavailability.


Thankfully John has two NOS defrost thermal/timer controls. We should be able to get it working 100% original configuration. If not, then the timer you suggest will be the next step.


Thanks again!


Post# 1038778 , Reply# 26   7/19/2019 at 21:39 (323 days old) by turbokinetic (Northport, Alabama USA)        
Got it going!

So; today I went to a couple of supply places and was able to find a solenoid coil. It wasn't the ice machine coil John L recommended. They could get that one but didn't stock it.


The one I ended up with; was the only 120VAC coil they had in stock, so I got it and figured what the heck, it should be adaptable.


There was one trick. The original coil had a steel sleeve inside it, on one end only. That sleeve is apparently there to concentrate the magnetic force where it is needed to actuate the valve. It was more convenient to install the new coil and re-use this sleeve as a spacer at the bottom. With that configuration, it did not work. The coil got power, but the valve didn't open.  After studying the old solenoid and noticing the "TOP" markings, I realized the error and flipped over the new coil, and it would work correctly.


The defrost controller also seems to be working. We let the fridge cool down to where the temperature sensing bulb was below the 55°F defrost-complete temperature. After that, it was manually cycled around until the defrost mode kicked in. The fans stopped, and the defrost valve opened. After about 2 or 3 minutes, the system tripped back into cooling mode, and the fans started up. So; it seems to be working!


As with any repair like this; time will tell. Hopefully it's a very longterm fix for the GE.


In the attached pictures, the new wiring is all blue. However, the white sleeves on the ends are markers with the color name and the connection point as listed in the manual.

The page of the manual shown, indicates with an X where the wiring was cut, and the hand-drawn red line shows where they had tied together the two circuits, thereby bypassing the defrost control.


The red tag is the replacement compressor tag, which was on the compressor currently in the unit.




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Post# 1038792 , Reply# 27   7/20/2019 at 04:52 (322 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
All sounds like ......

child's play for David! Way to go David, great job helping to keep another vintage fridge running.

I would like to give a proper thank you to David as well for helping me a few months back with my 55 Philco fridge. Not personalized service like mixrman got, but great advice thru email to help me repair my Philco that had lost its charge. If it hadn't been for David telling me about the R152A trick (canned air), I would have went down the R12 road thinking R12 would've been the only option!

BTW, he has a couple of great youtube videos showing how R152A is a great substitute for R12, not to mention dirt cheap compared to R12.

Thanks again David for the great info. I highly recommend you subscribe to his youtube channel.

Bud - Atlanta

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Post# 1038796 , Reply# 28   7/20/2019 at 05:39 (322 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Great Save David

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The Hot-Gas-Defrost GE Frost Guard Refrigerators from 1961-1970 are about the best vintage fully self-defrosting refrigerators you can own and actually use today if you want a 60s era refrigerator.


These refrigerators were primarily bottom freezer models, there were also a few top-freezer models that had a 2nd evaporator coil in the top-back of the FF area that are also pretty good refrigerators.


The larger bottom freezer 19 CF and Americana models seem to be the most desirable refrigerators because they have foam insulation already which not only makes them more efficient but are less likely to have water in the insulation problems.


Their one big weakness was compressors that would wear out and loose compression on models built before and around 1964, after this time GE really improved the durability of their compressors.


This one that David fixed for John had a new compressor many years ago, if you are buying an earlier one of these refrigerators look foe the red compressor tag that came with the replacement compressors.



Hopefully you will get some good service out of this refrigerator John and a big Thank You David for being able rescue it for you.


John L.

Post# 1038828 , Reply# 29   7/20/2019 at 09:35 (322 days old) by turbokinetic (Northport, Alabama USA)        

Thanks Bud; and John, for the positive feedback. This forum has a lot of people who are very willing to share info and help others in need. The wealth of information here makes this a very valuable resource!  With the info here, and the manuals we had (also available here); there was nothing difficult about troubleshooting this. It further drives home the sad fact that today's professional technicians seem unable to read and comprehend service literature; and are only able to do things they have been shown by another.


One thing I did notice about this fridge is the power density of the compressor. It is relatively small, but has quite a high power capacity.  One thing that working in industry has taught me is, the more power-dense a machine is, the more closely it needs to be watched for problems. I see how this compressor would rapidly overheat severely if the fan were to become inoperative. I know comparing commercial to home equipment is not a fair comparison, but I have no other reference to go on.  Frigidaire used a similarly high-powered compressor in the water-bath Coca-Cola cooler I recently refurbished. That one had a high temperature shutdown switch attached to the compressor discharge line. It would stop the unit in the event that the discharge temperature got too high. The original one was a manual-reset melting alloy device. So, once it tripped it required intervention to reset.

This was broken and bypassed, so I had to research a replacement. We found a modern equivalent clip-on high temp safety switch to use on the compressor. It is a normally-closed temperature switch which will open at a predetermined high temperature. I have a feeling this could help mitigate damage to these GE Spacemaker compressors in the event the evaporator fan stopped. It would stop the compressor before it reached such an overload state that the motor protector tripped.

It is also very easy to make a buzzer configuration which will alarm when the motor overload (or high temp switch) were to trip.

Post# 1039092 , Reply# 30   7/22/2019 at 14:25 (320 days old) by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        


I can't thank you enough for all you did to get our fridge running again! Even Linda- who initially wanted to replace it with a new model- is happy to have our old friend working (actually- I think she has come to appreciate the old appliances more as a result all she learned through this experience - including having new appliance salesmen in two stores strongly encourage us to do everything possible to repair the old one rather than buy a new one [that says a lot about what is out there today!]). I am certain I would not have discovered or even noticed some of the issues you quickly and expertly identified. Clearly- with my previous efforts I failed to notice all the extra and unnecessary wires that were left in place after the long-ago compressor swap!

Thanks also to all who weighed in and shared their valuable expertise in diagnosing the problem and finding a way to make the repair. It is great to be a member of a group that truly appreciates vintage appliances and is dedicated to keeping them working!

So- the old GE TC-469 Spacemaker, manufactured the month and year of my birth, is again humming away in the kitchen as it did for 20 the first 20 years I had it!


Post# 1039106 , Reply# 31   7/22/2019 at 19:07 (320 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        
Another Outcome Worth Celebrating!

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It's threads like this that make my favorite site to visit in the whole worldwide web.

Post# 1039146 , Reply# 32   7/23/2019 at 07:13 (319 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Reply # 29 Hi Power Compressor

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Hi David, Great observation, however all similar sized refrigerators and freezers built in the US from the early 60s-the 70s have similar  powerful compressors, and they all have an overload protector that quickly will shut-down the compressor if it actually starts to over heat from things like a stalled condenser fan etc.


You have been spoiled by working on many of the early 1920s-1940s refrigerators you have been restoring, these earlier refrigerators  have truly neat very under stressed compressors that did their job perfectly and never even worked up a sweat. It is almost hard to imagine one of these earlier designs ever overheating.


Home refrigeration compressors really started to get much better in the 90s and onward. With the addition of running capacitors and other efficiency improvements modern compressors do the same work in even slightly smaller shells while using at least 100 watts less power, which translates into around 300 less BTUs being put off by the condenser as heat into the room.


John L.

Post# 1040032 , Reply# 33   7/30/2019 at 15:45 (312 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        
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Hey Mixrman,

It was my pleasure to post the photos. I am so glad you were able to get your refrigerator fixed! I ended up purchasing a manual for my repairman to be sure he had the correct wiring diagrams. I found it on Amazon of all places! Thank you so much for offering though! :)

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Post# 1040052 , Reply# 34   7/30/2019 at 18:14 (312 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Wow, I never thought to check Amazon for service manuals. If you would consider making copies of yours, I'd be happy to pay for cost. I have a '61 manual, but 2 '64s and 1 '65 GE fridge, so would love any additional info. Jeannine

Post# 1040053 , Reply# 35   7/30/2019 at 18:18 (312 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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I was surprised that I was able to find it on Amazon too! I would be happy to have copies made for you. I have a little copier here, but it would take forever and it probably would not be very good quality. I will let you know when I am able to get out and have the copies done. :)

Post# 1040095 , Reply# 36   7/31/2019 at 04:24 (311 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Hi Kelly. If you are going to make copies of that manual I would certainly be interested in acquiring one. Be more than happy to compensate you for your time and expense. Thanks!

Post# 1040160 , Reply# 37   7/31/2019 at 13:31 (311 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Sure thing. I will get two copies made when I am out and about in the next week or so. I have a lot going on right now, but will try to get it done. It's the least I can do for the folks on this site who have been so helpful!

Post# 1040176 , Reply# 38   7/31/2019 at 15:22 (311 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Kelly. Just send me a message with the particulars.

Post# 1040189 , Reply# 39   7/31/2019 at 16:55 (311 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Thank you, Kelly! Just let me know what I owe you for the copies and your time when it's ready.

Post# 1040190 , Reply# 40   7/31/2019 at 16:57 (311 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Will do!

Post# 1046530 , Reply# 41   10/1/2019 at 10:24 (249 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
Calling Kelly0721

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GE refrigerator service manual copies

Kelly, please consider sending your manual to Robert for inclusion in Automatic Ephemera. He creates high quality, searchable pdf scans and makes them available to download for a nominal fee.

I have an Americana and a wall fridge. Having the service manual would be fantastic, and will be even better if you make it available to everyone.

You can find the Automatic Ephemera using the manuals and literature link under the main forum menu bar on the right side of the page.

Pretty please do this. Then you will only have to mail one copy to make many of us happy.


The link to message Robert directly about loaning manuals is below.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO sarahperdue's LINK

Post# 1047173 , Reply# 42   10/8/2019 at 16:05 (242 days old) by LacyBones (Austin, TX)        
Kelly0721 Where have you been all my life?!

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Oh my goodness, Kelly, what an amazing find!

Would you consider making another copy? I too would be thrilled to have one and would of course be happy to pay for your time and expense.

I have a refinished 1964 GE Americana fridge that just started to have issues and I'm beginning to edge toward desperation as I attempt to research the appropriate replacement parts.

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