GE Refrigerator Not Cooling?

GE Refrigerator Control Board

GE Refrigerator Main Controller Board

The main controller board is the brains of the refrigerator so it can cause a number of issues if it is defective.

If your GE refrigerator is not cooling consistently but the lights inside work then it is likely a main controller board problem. Some customers complain that it’ll cool sporadically and some not at all. A few customers complain that their fridge cools but their freezer is no longer cold. Some  hear a clicking sound in the back but some don’t. Others say they hear a “howling” sound from the rear. If you have an LCD panel then you might see the letters “HRS” flashing on it.

It is common for main controller boards on GE refrigerators to fail which lead to a number of issues including the GE refrigerator no longer cooling properly. Calling a repairman to diagnose and fix the problem will likely cost $400-$500.  Fortunately, you can purchase the controller board from amazon for about $115 and swap it yourself in 20 minutes, even if you are not very handy. GE makes it easy to find the right part as most of the older refrigerator main boards, including WR55X10552, WR55X10656, WR55X10335 have all been replaced by the new and improve controller board, WR55X10942.

Here are a few examples of GE Refrigerator issues that were fixed with a new controller board:

“The light inside the freezer and fridge were working, but nothing else was. The water/ice dispenser, the digital displays, and the cooling system were not functional. It was like someone turned everything off except the inside lights. Bought this motherboard and was able to install it in a matter of minutes. It literally takes no understanding of electronics to do so.”

“A couple years ago things started going south on me; ice and water dispenser, freezer temperature, funky howling/whining noises… etc, all of which would come and go. Got to a point where the cycling of the compressor ”

“we started noticing temperature fluctuations in the freezer. At first it was minimal then gradually we started noticing large fluctuations. It would be 0 then a few hours later it would be 18. At the end I noticed it as high as 30’s. All this time the fridge part was staying pretty stable. I couldn’t afford to hire a technician to come out so I let it limp along. Eventually we started hearing clicking every few seconds/minutes. Last week it stopped cooling all together.”

Here is a great video on the replacement of the GE refrigerator control board.

Let us know if this worked for you (or not) in the comments below so we can help each other fix these annoying problems!

6 thoughts on “GE Refrigerator Not Cooling?

  1. Janet

    I have a GE side by side. Model number GSF251GXB WW . last year the frig part was getting too cold everything was freezing. I unplugged it and it seemed to do ok. Well a few weeks ago it happen again. I unplugged no change. The temp just fluctuated . Then it jumped 77 degrees and the freezer warmed up too no matter what temp I set it on. The freezer is freezing again and the frig after about a week and me ordering a new 1 is 56 degrees. I still have it plugged up wishing for a miracle . My new one want be in for another week. Any idea not sure if I should cancel new one

  2. Sean

    Replaced my board two months ago. Fridge worked, but was finicky, and needed WAY more than the 1″ clearance the manual specifies. 6-8″. Now, two months later, it’s doing the same thing it did the first time. No cool, Temps for freezer and fridge just climb. Was 73 yesterday, when I unplugged this hunk of junk, and wheeled it outside for a dump run. Last GE I ever purchase.

    1. r. gunderson

      REwriting this as i input incorrect email.
      GE refrigerator model GSL25JFPA BS

      freezer works fine but refrigerator doesn’t cool at all?

      Any thoughts?


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