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Helpful Tips and Tricks for Troubleshooting Samsung Refrigerators

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 26 January 2014 · 672 views
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Troubleshooting Samsung refrigerators can be a head-fake for Appliantologists who aren't used to some of their special quirks. If you know just a few tips, it can really facilitate your troubleshooting and even keep you from faking yourself out or running down rabbit holes.

Brother Durham has put together a short list of some very helpful tips and tricks to keep tucked into one of those cerebral creases when you're tracking down a problem in a Samsung refrigerator. Let us attend:


When you initiate a diagnostic mode or unplug a Samsung, you effectively clear any outstanding error code. More than likely it will do the same thing once it finds the error again. Prepare your customers for this eventuality and have them observe any flashing Led segments on the display

Remember the following Samsung help tips:

1) their mainboards rarely ever fail

2) A shorted or open thermistor will shut down the fridge and lock the display. The fridge may have no operation or operate in emergency mode. Not unusual after a power failure... look for a blinking segment on the display. Other errors will not lock the display. Out of calibration thermistors will not show up as an error.

3) check for displayed diagnostic code before unplugging fridge or entering diagnostic mode. Unplugging the fridge starts a self diagnosis but will take 5 hours for any error code to reappear so always manually diagnose fridge before unplugging.



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Source: RS2555SL Dead after regional power failure. Now only lights working.


Kitchenaid Built-in Refrigerator SHOW ROOM mode tip

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 02 January 2014 · 512 views
Kitcheain, refrigerator and 1 more...

In the KSSC48QM and earlier versions "SHOW ROOM" mode was fairly obvious because the user interface display just cycles the display through all it's indicators - and, of course, the compressor never comes on.

In the KSSC48QT and brethren ... not so obvious! "SHOW ROOM" mode is entered and exited by holding "MAX COOL" and "POWER" for a few seconds. Everything acts normal except:

1. Compressor never turns on.
2. You CANNOT enter diagnostic mode.

Don't replace this $9000 refrigerator because the control board is NLA and it happens to be programmed for "SHOWROOM" mode!!!!

We're seeing a lot of these controls come thru the shop these days, almost always with real problems, but once in a while the re-installer gets stumped by inadvertently entering showroom mode.

Happy New Year to y'all!



Source: Kitchenaid Built-in Fridge - Remember SHOW ROOM mode


GE Refrigerator Repair Survival Kit

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 29 December 2013 · 1,285 views
GE, refrigerator, manuals and 1 more...
Brother Durham has assembled a very handy collection of essential technical manuals and tools needed when working on GE refrigerators. Brethren, let us attend:

GE Fridge Survival Kit:

these manuals:

http://appliantology...ultiple-models/

http://appliantology...various-models/

http://appliantology...gnostic-manual/

Inverter diagnostic manual http://appliantology...nostics-manual/

Ge Icemaker technical bundle http://appliantology...0093-ice-maker/
Minimal Tools and parts:

9v battery
1/4 inch 5/16 inch nut driver,
Phillips and flathead screw driver,
small alligator jumpers,
wire cutters
multimeter that can read 62k ohms,
thermistors, bell connectors crimper and silicone
a wr55x10942 (most commonly used board but check your model to be sure.)
Ice water slurry (before you go to the job, make sure to ask customer if there is Ice available otherwise you need to stop at a quickie mart and get some. If you forget, make sure to save some frost if there is any, before you defrost the fridge)

Good things to have but not necessary :

Steamer
Ge diagnostic test kit and
thermistor magic! (shameless plug http://appliantology...ermistor-magic/)
tablet or smartphone



Adding a couple shameless plugs of my own...

How to test GE refrigerator fan motors with a 9-volt battery: http://appliantology...9-volt-battery/

How to troubleshoot GE inverter compressors: http://appliantology...ter-compressor/

A tell-tale sign that the Muthaboard in a GE refrigerator is bad: http://appliantology...gerator-is-bad/

Double-extra Special Secret Tip for Troubleshooting a GE Refrigerator that's DOA: http://appliantology...ator-thats-doa/

GE Refrigerator Muthaboard - Connector Reference Pictorial View: http://appliantology...pictorial-view/

GE Refrigerator Muthaboard - Connector Reference List: http://appliantology...reference-list/

Source: GE SxS GSS25JFMAWW


Icemaker Wiring Info for Frigidaire Whirlpool and LG Refrigerators

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Icemaker Repair, Refrigerator Repair 29 November 2013 · 511 views
icemaker, ice maker, wiring and 3 more...
Sometimes, you want to use an ice maker made from one manufacturer in a refrigerator made by a different manufacturer. The trick is knowing how to map out the wire harness so you can splice the wires into the harness in the right order and not pop the breaker or blow out the ice maker.

Brother Reginald has prepared this nice table that lists wire cross reference info for Whirlpool, Frigidaire, and LG ice makers. Wire away!

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Source: How do I splice ice maker wires?


How to reverse the doors in an Amana bottom-mount refrigerator

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 05 November 2013 · 529 views
Amana, door, reversal and 1 more...

from the use and care manual https://www.dropbox.... - 12828152.pdf

Door Reversal
In some installations, reversing the door swing allows
for more convenient access to stored items. Both
doors can be reversed on freezer door models and the
fresh food door is reversible on freezer drawer models.
1. Remove door(s) (see page 4).
2. Transfer cabinet plugs and cabinet
screws to opposite side of cabinet.
• Remove cabinet plugs with flat
blade of screwdriver tip wrapped
in masking tape.
• Remove center mullion screws
with 5⁄16” hex head screwdriver


3. Transfer door stops from bottom edge of fresh food
door and freezer door, if applicable, to opposite
side of door edge.
• Use a Phillips screwdriver
for removal and installation.
4. Install handles (see below
and page 7).
5. Reinstall the door(s).
Handles
Remove and discard handle packaging and tape.
Handle design varies from refrigerator to refrigerator.
Please reference the appropriate instructions for your
model below.
Fresh Food Handles
Standard Front Mount Handle
Materials Needed:
• Phillips screwdriver
• 5⁄16” hex head driver
To Install:
1. Remove 1⁄4” hex head screws from
door face with hex head driver, and
Phillips screw from top of door.
• If reversing door, remove door
plugs from opposite side of door and insert in
screw holes.
2. Align handle holes with screw holes on
door face and secure with two door face
screws from step 1.
To avoid possible injury and damage to property:
• Place doors on a nonabrasive surface protected by
towels or rugs while working directly on doors.
CAUTION
Note: If not installed, the handle is located in the
interior of the fresh food section or attached to the
back of your refrigerator.
4. Ensure the door handle is snug to the
door panel.
To Remove:
Reverse installation procedure.



Source: Need a door reversal procedure for Amana bottom freezer






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