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How to fix a GE or Hotpoint SxS refrigerator water dispenser with a frozen water tube

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dispenser Repair, Refrigerator Repair 23 August 2011 · 1,799 views

There is a heater kit "bandaid" fix available from GE to dress this issue...and yes it is freezing in the door, most likely right behind the cradle in the small recessed area.
you can use a hairdryer to warm this area and thaw it or I use a zoom spout oil bottle filled with hot water...the tube off the bottle is the perfect size to push down the dispenser tube and flush out the ice plug...reg will be along directly to link you the fix kit, I am sure...


No Water from the Dispenser on a GE Refrigerator


Source: Hotpoint SxS fridge, M# HSS22IFPACC


Scientists discover toxic dishwasher fungus

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 19 August 2011 · 932 views

Scientists discover toxic dishwasher fungus
June 22, 20


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Once rarely found in nature, the potentially deadly black yeast fungi have begun to expand their territory.

And the new frontier could be your kitchen.

A team of European scientists sampled nearly 190 dishwashers in family homes around the world. They found black yeasts living on 62 percent of the rubber seals surrounding the dishwasher door.

The study appears in the journal Fungal Biology.

According to the researchers, black yeasts are “extremophile” fungi, which means they thrive in extreme temperatures and conditions.

The high heat, harsh detergents and humidity provided by dishwashers, coffee machines and washing machines provide just the right touch of comfort for these deadly fungi.

"The discovery of this widespread presence of extremophilic fungi in some of our common household appliances suggests that these organisms have embarked on an extraordinary evolutionary process that could pose a significant risk to human health in the future," said the authors.

The yeasts, also known as Exophiala dermatitidis and E. phaeomuriformis, have been associated with illness and death in people.

According to the researchers, the fungi are especially partial to the lungs, so people with cystic fibrosis are most at risk.

One of the authors, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, a microbiologist at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, told The Daily Telegraph one thing not mentioned in the report was that "we tested the dishes after they had been cleaned in these dishwashers and they were full of this black yeast, so too the cutlery that you put in your mouth. We just don't know how serious this could be."

The researchers say other fungi species also were found in the rubber seal.

And they warned that "further research is imperative," given the ubiquity of dishwashers and their concern about increased fungus-human interactions.




SOURCE: http://californiawat...er-fungus-11004





How to replace the evaporator (freezer) fan in a GE Profile bottom-freezer refrigerator

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 19 August 2011 · 2,186 views

Evaporator fan part link ==> Evaporator Fan Motor

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I realized that I had not uploaded any pics. In case someone else should have the same problem.


Remove all the shelves/trays/baskets, including in the icemaker.

I had to remove the freezer door (the screws that go into the door itself, 5 on each side, although we have holes for 6 on each side.).

Then the icemaker wall or separator. Just lift at the bottom to pop out the tabs and slide the bottom to the right.

Then the two white bars that the separator's tabs were in.

Then the icemaker itself. And the screw in the back holding the left side of the evap fan cover to the back wall.


Remove the other vent cover beneath the evap fan cover. It is wide. Just pull from the center and slightly downward then pull it straigth toward yourself.
The bottom is held in with 3 tabs that catch only when it is bent into place.

Then the evap fan cover has one tab by the screw and two more tabs at the right. The two at the bottom of the evap fan cover go pretty much straight in so there is no maneuvering for those.

Then the screws behind the evap fan cover that help brace the fan itself.

Then you should be able to pop the back wall out, but look around in case I forgot someting.

Just remembered you might have to extend out the drawer rails on the right side of the freezer. They got in the way for me.



You'll see two white plastic screws coming out of and pointing up from the two vents BELOW the evap fan cover, one each vent. Don't touch those, they just help hold stuff (insulation) to the other side.

Once you remove the back wall, you can remove two more screws for the fan that hold it in and remove the plastic tie that holds several wires including the fan wires, in place (in the left upper corner)

The tie has a whole in it for screwing into the back wall and had no idea where to get another like it. So, I just used a small screwdriver to slide it out from itself and then reused it.

OK. Now replace your fan and do everything in reverse! (Oh! Joy!)




Part link ==> Evaporator Fan Motor


Source: GE Profile Refrigerator -- Model: PFSS5NJWASS - Part 2



How the check ball in a Frigidaire dishwasher works to alternate spray between the upper and lower spray arms

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 19 August 2011 · 1,310 views

Check ball works in conjunction with short pauses in timer cycle to oscillate spray between lower arms and upper, during the cycle, puses approx every 5 min and switches over





Source: Frigidaire dishwasher PLD4375RFC3







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