GE Refrigerator Error Codes (& Fixes)

GE Refrigerator Error Codes

GE refrigerator fault codes come with a beep, which alerts users about an error. But where do this error codes display? They display on the screen where, traditionally, numbers display.

GE refrigerator error codes are not readily understood. These codes are displayed as symbols that need further decoding to understand the specific fault being flagged.

We have put together this comprehensive guide to inform you about GE refrigerator error codes, which causes the error, what they mean, and possible ways to correct the fault. Some problems are common, while others are not.

GE Refrigerator Error Codes

Read each code carefully to understand what it means and how you can solve the problem it represents within the shortest time possible.

FF error code – Check Frozen Foods for Thawing

FF fault code is raised when your refrigerator’s temperature rises at an alarming rate. You need to inspect your frozen food for thawing.

GE refrigerator may increase because of several reasons. Loss of power, represented by error code PF, is one of the reasons why your refrigerator is getting warmer. If the PF error code precedes FF code, then cut in the power supply is why your fridge is getting warmer.

Correct this problem, connect your GE refrigerator to a power supply, and close the door for a minimum of two hours for the appliance to restore its cold temperature. FF error code might also be caused by:

  • A faulty thermistor – a thermistor is responsible for tracking GE refrigerator’s temperature and transmitting it to the control board. When it fails, the components that control GE fridge’s temperature will not function optimally.
  • Broken evaporator fan motor – the evaporator fan pulls cold air through the evaporator coils and supplies cold air all over the freezer. If the evaporator fan breaks, the GE refrigerator will get warmer and trigger the FF fault code.
  • Faulty defrost control board – defrost control board controls the defrost cycle to ensure your refrigerator does not build frost. When the defrost control board breaks down, your fridge’s defrost cycle will halt, resulting in the development of frost on the evaporator coils. Consequently, your GE refrigerator will not cool.

PF error code – Power has been interrupted

PF fault code indicates the power supply to your refrigerator has been curtailed. This code appears on the display screen if there is a power outage or when the circuit breaker has been tripped.

Inspect food in the fridge to find out if the food is getting warmer, and the temperature within your fridge is rising. If this is the case, find an alternative source of power and plug your GE refrigerator into the power source.

If the same error code appears despite the current power supply of your refrigerator being consistent, unplug the fridge for a maximum of five minutes then plug it back. If the error code persists, inspect the power code for points of weakness. The power cord could:

  • Not being plugged in well – ensure the plug is well seated in the power outlet. It can cause fluctuations in the power supply if it is loose.
  • Faulty power cord – check the power cord interrogatively to detect faults that may cause power issues. If the wire is faulty, you might have to replace it with a new cord.

CI error code – Ice Maker not Operating Properly

CI fault code is displayed on the screen if the GE ice maker is not working well. There are multiple reasons why GE refrigerator may not be making ice, including ice jamming the ice maker.

Remove the ice jamming the ice maker then press the system check button to see if the CI code error will resurface. The CI error code could be caused by:

  • Broken water inlet valve – this valve is regulated electronically to ensure the ice maker is consistently supplied with enough water. If the water inlet valve is broken, it will inhibit water from flowing into the ice maker trays, which will trigger the CI fault code.
  • Low water pressure – water filter traps dirt in the water. However, it can be clogged. When it does, it will interfere with the pressure of water flowing into the ice maker. Periodically change the water filter every six months. You also need to ensure the water pressure from the water supply has a minimum pressure of 20 psi. If the pressure goes below 20 psi, the ice maker will not fill.
  • Faulty ice maker assembly – if one component of the ice maker assembly (View on Amazon) breaks down, the entire system will not work as it is supposed to work. You will have to replace the whole ice maker assembly.

CC error code – Freezer Temperature is too warm

CC fault code is displayed if there is a difference between real refrigerator temperature and temperature settings of the GE refrigerator. Once this code is displayed, you have to get the freezer temperature beyond safe levels for over 120 minutes.

One of the common reasons why GE freezer fails to freeze is because of dirty or soiled condenser coils. Dirty condenser coils are not able to release heat, therefore triggering CC fault code. Here are other reasons why CC error code displays on the GE refrigerator screen:

  • Broken Compressor – a refrigerator will not cool when it has a faulty compressor. Check if all other cooling components are in order. If yes, then the compressor might be broken. You need to seek the services of a professional to replace the compressor.
  • Broken condenser fan motor – fan motor pulls cold air in via the condenser to cool the fridge. If it breaks down, the whole fried will not cool optimally. Inspect the fan and remove all obstructions preventing fan blades from functioning well. If the fan motor fan is broken, you will have to replace it.
  • Bad start relay – the refrigerator compressor that cools your GE freezer is powered by the start relay. If it breaks down, your freezer will not be able to cool, therefore, triggering a CC fault code.

dE error code – Defrost System Error

dE fault code from GE refrigerator means that the defrost system of your refrigerator has not been working in the past 24 hours. This problem is caused by:

  • Faulty defrost heater – a faulty defrost heater causes frosting in the evaporator coils, which causes improper defrosting in your GE refrigerator. Replace the defrost heater if it is faulty.
  • Broken defrost timer – a defrost timer sends signals to the defrost heater on when to switch on and melt the frost from the evaporator coils. If the timer fails, the defrost heater will not receive a signal to melt frost, which will, in turn, trigger the dE fault code.
  • Blown Defrost Sensor Fuse – this sensor tracks evaporator temperature. The fuse blows up when the sensor does not halt the defrost system at the required time. This will prevent the defrost system from turning on when needed in the future. Correct this by replacing both the fuse and sensor.

GE refrigerator error codes will help you fix your refrigerator like a professional. Always refer to this guide when you see an error code in your GE refrigerator.

Additionally, remember to call your local appliance repair when all your attempts to fix your GE refrigerator do not bear fruit. In some cases, you need an extra set of eye to see and fix the problem.


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