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Removing/replacing control unit Thermador RDF30


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#1 CRZ

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:01 PM

Removing control unit or display on Thermador RDF30...instructions say to remove the maintop; this is a pain and NOT necessary.
1. Remove the 4 screws under the top front panel and slide the front outer panel assembly (trim panels with end caps) down and toward the front to remove (there's a pressure spring (hold down clip) which makes this difficult);
2. Carefully rotate the glass panel up and away over the buttons, taking care not to break panel or buttons;
3. Remove screws from metal control mounting plate/panel;
4. This is the hard part: pull/rotate/cajole metal panel out from under the maintop. It's a tight fit between the burner valve stems and the maintop -- I used a nylon blade putty knife between the maintop and the panel to coax it out. After that it's easy: mark your connections and remove display.

TO MAKE THE REINSTALL EASIER (POSSIBLE) I used aviator snips to enlarge the holes for the burner stems in the metal control plate/panel (made them "taller"), and bent the top panel ("control cover") up a bit so it won't hang on the spark switch connections on the burner valves. Poor design IMO. But this method beats breaking your venturis by trying to take off the maintop.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:32 PM

Nice write up...hate those damn seized venturi nuts...talk about a poor design.
Who'd of thunk two dissimilar metals would have tendancy to weld under high heat??

I have nice step drill bit that makes short work of those pesky rascals...nice pile of brass shavings...
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:07 PM

PS: best price I found for rebuilding this control unit, P/N 486752, was from Corecentric out of surburban Chicago -- currently about $129 plus $11 shipping...they do tons of others too...

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:35 AM

CoreCentric is a great re-builder, I've used them many times.

They also have a lot of their rebuilt boards on E-Bay with free shipping and you don't even have to send your old board in.
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 02:24 PM

CRZ, for taking the time to prepare such a nice writeup and post it here to share with your fellow travelers, you have earned a promotion to Merit Apprentice Appliantologist together with all the rights and privileges thereof. Kanpai! :samurai:






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