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Daughter of Samurai's Big Fat Greek Wedding: The Movie

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Samurai Incarnate 06 October 2012 · 1,008 views

My daughter got married September 2 this year in Syracuse, NY. It was a Big Fat Greek wedding just like in the eponymous movie. I'm half Greek and half white :blinky: so my family contributed a little, watered-down Greekness. But my daughter married into a huge and very Greek family.

The reception was a blast: open bar with beer, wine, mixed drinks; live Greek band; lots of Greek dancing, partying and having a good time. There was so much prep leading up to the wedding that I got behind my other work and have been playing catch-up for the last month. I think things are finally getting back to normal.

Anyway, here's a movie my all-white wife put together of some shots from the wedding and reception along with a cool Avett Brothers soundtrack. Some of these pics you may have already seen in the album I posted in the Gallery at this site, but there are a lot more in the movie. Enjoy!




Troubleshooting a Dead GE Profile Refrigerator

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 06 October 2012 · 1,372 views
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If you're working on one of these GE Profile refrigerators with the knob controls in the fresh food compartment and it's DOA, this flowchart can help plan your attack:

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And here are the part links to the most likely parts you'll need:

Encoder Board:
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Muthaboard:
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Sensor:
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How to Changeout a Shaft and Mode Shifter Assembly on a GE Top Loading Washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Repair Videos, Washing Machine Repair 06 October 2012 · 2,058 views
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The shaft and mode shifter assembly is used on the GE "Hydrowave" line of top loading washers. These washers has the motor with the inverter board mounted on top of it. The inverter board has an LED that flashes on and off according to an error condition or standby that it's reporting. See the table below:

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As you can see above, if the LED on the perverter board is flashes in a sequence of four flashes, this indicates a problem with the mode shifter circuit or mechanism. More info on accessing the motor perverter board in this post. For a detailed explanation of the mode shifter, what it does and how it works, see this post.

Replacing the mode shifter assembly is not a bad job at all. Here's the part link from RepairClinic with a one-year return policy ==> http://www.repaircli...8X10017/1475792

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Excerpts from the GE service manual for this repair are on this page.

Here's a simplified video on how to do it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qer_rxNgwg


And here are some worthy, enriching comments from a couple of Appliantological masters in the forums:

As the Samurai says this is not a bad job. I have done 5 or 6. I allow for about an hour to complete this job. A little longer if this is your first one.

After watching the video, a couple of points:

- I have never removed the Control Panel, Control Panel Bracket and Rear Panel. Although I can see that it would make it a little easier.

- For the Hub Nut, I bought a 1-11/16" three quarter inch drive socket and an 18" extension from Tractor Supply that was fairly inexpensive. That coupled with an electric impact wrench makes quick work of that hub nut. Also, TWICE I got a call that a tub was loose after a previous Tech had done a Mode Shifter. Both times I put that Impact onto the Hub Nut and that solved it.

- The Drive Pulley has never come off that easy for me. The way that was showed to me is to grab the pulley and lift up with one hand and strike the pulley near the shaft with a hammer and the pulley just pops off.

- MAKE SURE that you put all of the Wire Retainers back into their correct holes. This was a Mistake that I MADE and it cost me a Control Board. The wires moving back and forth from the action of the tub wore the coating off the wires, shorted to ground and took out the Control.



Piece o cake...I agree, about an hour...quicker if ya do a few.
my tip, the belt on these is a bitch to get on...zip tie the belt to the big pulley to assist keeping it in place as you run it on...then cut it off, of course.

You'll do fine...







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