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Quick Way to Check the Sealed System in a GE - Whirlpool - Kitchenaid Under-counter Ice Maker

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Icemaker Repair 30 April 2013 · 1,230 views
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Brother PDuff enlightens us with this nifty tip for making a quick check of the sealed system (refrigerant and compressor) using your fingers and earballs:

Quick way to check evaporator: With compressor running drain the water from the reservoir by removing bottom cap. Let run for a couple of minutes and check for slight frost on evaporator plate, touch top of plate with wet finger-should stick. If not cold, turn unit off and listen for a hissing noise from evaporator. Not cold and hissing-bad evap. Would replace compressor as well for moisture contamination.

Service manual for this unit is here: http://appliantology...atic-ice-maker/

Source: zdis15cssj GE Monogram under counter ICE MAKER not producing ice:


Beware Appliance Parts Buyer's Remorse!

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Appliance Parts Smarts 30 April 2013 · 873 views
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Y'all gather 'round, ol' Uncle Samurai has another sad tale to tell about how someone thought they were gonna save a buck or two buying cheap, generic parts off of Ebay or Amazon but it turns out the parts either don't last long or don't work at all. I rectum this is an increasingly common story in these tough economic times with everyone pinching pennies so hard you can almost hear ol' Abe screaming. But, as we're gonna see in today's saga, buying cheap, knock-off parts from the online peddlers of phony appliance parts is false economy, what we call "penny-wise and dollar dumb."

I got this email from confused and frustrated Karla who contacted me about a (surprise!) non-functioning knock-off part she bought from some peddler on Ebay. For some reason, she thought she bought it through this website, www.Appliantology.org. Why did she think that? Who knows! People think all kinds of strange and unpredictable things. That's why humans are so interesting and frustrating at the same time.

For the record: all parts sold through the parts links and search boxes at this website are new, genuine OEM parts and all come with a one year return policy, even on electrical parts that have been installed. I do not sell parts on Ebay but there are peddlers there who do using names that sound confusingly similar to this website.

Your Name: karla *******

Your Email Address: karla********@********.net

Your Appliantology Username, if you have one:

What would you like to talk about? Other NON-APPLIANCE REPAIR problem

Talk to the Samurai: Less than a week ago i bougth thru ebay and pay by paypal a part to my fridge apparently it came ok but once intalled only worked for two days, is there a possibility to return it and change the part for one that works please call ***-***-**** i need the fridge to work
Item title
Shipping price
Item total

NEW GE refrigerator main control board part WR55X10942 ( item: 261174184655 transaction: 1192412668016 )
Paid on Apr-16-13


Shipped on Apr-18-13
USPS Priority Mail

Estimated delivery: Tue. Apr. 23 - Wed. Apr. 24
Tracking number: 9405503699300397360687

The control board she bought for her GE refrigerator is the famous Muthaboard. A genuine replacement Muthaboard, brand new in a GE box with a one year warranty retails for about $165.

Karla paid about $90.

How does that work? Well, in her case, it didn't. The board she bought from the parts peddler on Ebay was probably scavenged from another refrigerator that was junked for a bad sealed system. The parts peddler had no way of checking the board and probably didn't care-- just sell it and let the customer see if it works.

Read more about online appliance parts ripoffs and scams in the March issue of our newsletter, Appliantology: The Oracle of Appliance Enlightenment.


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Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Appliance Repair Service, Samurai Incarnate 27 April 2013 · 616 views
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Double-extra Special Secret Tip for Troubleshooting a GE Refrigerator that's DOA

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Refrigerator Repair 27 April 2013 · 2,257 views
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If you're working on a GE refrigerator that's dead in the water and you've checked for a good 120vac power supply right up to the J11 connector on the muthaboard, then try this troubleshooting tip from Brother BryanS:

Sometimes a shorted fan motor can give you that same scenario. You can try unplugging j2 fan connector and see if the compressor comes on. If it does then you need to just determine which motor is shorted. I've only this happen to me once and it was the evap motor.

The muthaboard diagram below shows the location of the J2 connector of which Brother BryanS speaks:

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You can see a bigger version of the muthaboard diagram here.

If it the refrigerator starts running with the J2 connector unplugged, you should replace BOTH the affected fan motor (usually the evaporator fan) AND the muthaboard. See this topic for a heads-up about getting the correct evaporator fan motor for your model.

To learn more about your refrigerator or to order parts, click here.

Source: GE Ref PDS22SCRBRSS No control board operation


Diagnostic Test Kit for GE Refrigerators

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Refrigerator Repair 26 April 2013 · 3,071 views
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Brother Durham explains the diagnostic test kit available for GE refrigerators:

If you do a lot of GE fridge repairs, you may benefit by getting a diagnostic aid shown in the following video. It is, in essence, nothing but a control panel that you can use and will bypass the one in your fridge, whether it is a similar panel, knobs or lcd screen control found at the dispenser. With such a panel, if you connect it and everything works, then you will be certain you have a bad control panel.

btw, the part numbers needed for the aid have been changed. Instead of the three parts mentioned in the video, you need two WR55X10390 (interface and touch panel kit) and WX05X14999 ( wire harness). I got one a few weeks ago and it paid for itself in a few days.

ps you can make one of these by removing a 5 key control interface from an otherwise dead GE and then purchase the harness.


To learn more about your refrigerator or to buy parts, click here.

Source: GE Ref PDS22SCRBRSS No control board operation

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