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GE GSH25JFRF WW water dispenser frozen again, heater kit already installed

water dispenser heater frozen

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#21 sbdivemaster

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

Grand Master, I checked readings:  approx. 30 ma @ 13.7 VDC   :pinch:

 

What do you make of these readings?

 

DA, thanks for the input.  However, our GE has a digital temp setting, 1-9.  We inherited the fridge with the house we bought 6 years ago, I set the thermo on 5 for the fridge and 2 for the freezer, and they have never been changed in all that time.  I considered colder incoming water this time of year, but had no problem last winter - I think it's pretty much narrowed down to something wrong with the heater element.... (I hope)



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

Okay...but I meant digital temp setting as in setting temp for 0 degrees or 38 degrees etc as oppose to a number setting. Why is the freezer set at 2 as opposed to the recommended setting? There are several  reasons I ask what appears to be a simple question. Remember, most fridges of this model do not require a dispenser heater. Maybe the heater is bad but maybe another problem is causing the need for a heater in the first place (other than bad design).  For instance, is the freezer temp set at 2 because it has been too cold? Which leads to another question....what's the freezer temp?   Anyhow for proper diagnosis of fridge problems it is best that a fridge be set at recommended settings. 


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:07 PM

Grand Master, I checked readings:  approx. 30 ma @ 13.7 VDC   :pinch:

What do you make of these readings?

that would equal about 450 OHMs


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

that would equal about 450 OHMs

Bad heater?
 

Okay...but I meant digital temp setting as in setting temp for 0 degrees or 38 degrees etc as oppose to a number setting. Why is the freezer set at 2 as opposed to the recommended setting? There are several reasons I ask what appears to be a simple question. Remember, most fridges of this model do not require a dispenser heater. Maybe the heater is bad but maybe another problem is causing the need for a heater in the first place (other than bad design). For instance, is the freezer temp set at 2 because it has been too cold? Which leads to another question....what's the freezer temp? Anyhow for proper diagnosis of fridge problems it is best that a fridge be set at recommended settings.

DA, I guess I misunderstood what you meant when you said "dials"; here's a pic of the temperature controls (my mistake, I transposed the settings for fridge and freezer):
 
temp_control.jpg
 
Here's what the manual says about the temperature controls:
 
(At the top is a graphic of the temp controls with both set to "5")
 
Below that (bold is as printed):

 

"Several adjustments may be required. Adjust the controls one increment at a time, and allow 12 hours after each adjustment for the refrigerator to reach the temperature you set.
 
Setting either or both controls to 0 stops cooling in both the freezer and refrigerator compartments, but does not shut off electrical power to the refrigerator.
 
Control settings will vary based on personal preferences, usage, and operating conditions and may require more than one adjustment."


The current air temp inside the freezer is -2°F; the fridge is 38°F - keeps my beer at the perfect temperature. :pint1:
 
I just happened to set the freezer to the middle setting (5) and the fridge a bit lower (2) as my starting point, but found those settings are just right.  As I said before, those settings have never been changed; the water dispenser worked for 4 years without a problem, then, after installing the heater, 2 years without a problem.


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:07 PM

that would equal about 450 OHMs

 

Bad heater?.

 

450 OHMs would be a bad connection if you said the Heater reads 108 OHMs


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

Grand Master, I checked readings:  approx. 30 ma @ 13.7 VDC   :pinch:

 

Current draw is too low == high resistance connection in the heater assembly somewhere.  Replace the heater again and be done with it.  



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

Arigato, Fermented Grand Master.

 

Well, The Wife was getting grumpy with the control board and cradle assembly laying around on the counter with refrigerator guts and wires hanging out; I reconnected the heater, and put it all back together.  Maybe the dispenser will be working in the morning...?  Anyway, I had reached the conclusion the heater is bad (I could be wrong, it's been known to happen :blinky: ).

 

I was just thinking: What happened to the OP'r?  Wonder if they went ahead and replaced the heater...?  Did that resolve the problem?

 

I will report back after new heater arrives and is installed.



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

 What happened to the OP'r?  

 

You hijacked his topic!    :sillytongue:



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:02 PM

DOH! :whistling:

 

I hope he was able to share in the wisdom imparted by the Grand Masters and bring his troublesome dispenser back to its natural state allowing the purified water to again flow.







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