GE GTS22WCMBRWW which control boardrefrigerator ge control board
Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:26 PM
This time when I pulled the main board I found a large black stain on the back under the main compressor relay which had apparently expelled all its magic smoke. I priced control boards and decided that over $100 was more than an 8 year old fridge was worth and we ended up spending nearly $1200 on a new Kenmore model 7160 (795.7160.012) with a bottom freezer and french doors on the fridge. This has been very nice the past few months but I'm thinking about fixing up the old fridge and selling or donating it since it seems to be in good shape aside from the burned out main board.
Being cheap the first thing I tried was swapping the obviously toasted relay with a similar sized one I scavenged from an old UPS that turned out to be less uninterruptable than advertised. With the board reconnected the compressor came on but the evaporator fan never seemed to run. I gather that it only runs enough to keep the refrigerator compartment cool while the compressor runs enough to keep the freezer cool. Since the fridge is in the unheated garage it seems likely that even with both controls set to 9 the evap fan would just never kick in. Unfortunately when I last had a chance to look at the fridge even the compressor isn't kicking on now so I suspect that there are more problems than a bad relay. Generally relays won't self destruct the way this one did without some additional voltage on the 12 volt coil from somewhere upstream.
I've done some extensive web searching and have found several control boards listed for this GE fridge. Apparently some of GE's original boards from this era were so bad that GE offered free repairs for some models. So it may very well be that I shouldn't get a board that looks identical to the one I have.
The WR55X10086 looks identical to the board I have but as I said it may be a defective design.
The WR55X10942 pops up on repairclinic.com if I search for GTS22WCMBRWW
My question is would either work or should I pick the one that looks like what I'm replacing.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:02 PM
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