GE Profile Refrigerator: Cooling and Condenser CareNovember 12, 2015
For some reason, here at Nebraska Home Appliance we’ve been noticing an uptick in service calls from around the Omaha area to service GE Profile refrigerators. This popular model, along with its companion product Eterna, has been an appliance staple in thousands of kitchens across the country since the early 2000s. With good reason — GE has a long history of producing reliable products that stand the test of time.
But like everything else on the planet, even these kitchen workhorses can show signs of age after many years of reliable service. So here are a few tips to help keep your GE Profile refrigerator (and any other brand, for that matter) running smoothly for years to come.
Often one of the first signs of a problem are with the unit’s contents — maybe a jug of milk seems a little warm or a package of frozen chicken is a little soft at the surface. Sometimes the cause is as simple as accidentally increasing the temperature setting. But if the temperature selection remains where you originally set it, the problem could be more serious — ranging from worn gaskets or a faulty compressor, both of which require a service call to fix.
However, poor cooling or freezing can also be caused by inadequate air flow around the rear of the refrigerator. Be sure to allow at least three inches of space behind the unit so air can flow freely around the refrigerator’s condenser coils.
We have found that the most common complaint about poor cooling is easily remedied by a little good housekeeping: in even the most pristine kitchen it’s easy to overlook the condenser coils — out of sight, out of mind — but dust and even airborne grease droplets can accumulate in this area. Your user manual (you do still have it, don’t you?) will tell you how to remove debris from around the condenser. A vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment is a valuable aid, but when using any electrical equipment, be sure to turn off the refrigerator during cleaning to avoid electric shock.
Sometimes the dust buildup is inaccessible to the home DIY-er and requires a service call from Nebraska Home Appliance. Our expert technicians have specialized equipment to access the inner reaches of the condenser and relieve the motor of stress and strain — and relieve your checkbook of high electricity bills. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much electricity a squeaky-clean condenser can save.
And if your idea of a good time does not involve getting down on the floor to dust off your GE Profile’s condenser coils, Your Hometown Heroes will be happy to provide that service for you. We recommend a thorough professional cleaning at least once a year to reach all the places your own periodic cleanings might miss. Just give us a call at 402-399-0202.