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Oceti

GE Defrost

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I learned the hard way a few years back but I have been behind other appliance companies and have had to cut the wire for them. 

 

However, as I remember, the problem with not cutting the wire was no cool air to fridge side from the damper not opening. 

I guess it can depend on the model. I've read in another thread that nothing  happened differently....and here is an excerpt from applianceblog:

 

It is possible that not cutting the jumper out of the J1 connector will cause a defrost problem. To be honest I don’t know what happens if you don’t because I have never not cut the wire. I did have someone contact me saying they installed a new board and their refrigerator wouldn’t run after installing the board. Then I asked them if they cut the jumper, they said they didn’t, they cut it and then it ran fine. But it is very important to cut the wire if it is a model that needs it cut.

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I guess it can depend on the model. I've read in another thread that nothing  happened differently....and here is an excerpt from applianceblog:

 

It is possible that not cutting the jumper out of the J1 connector will cause a defrost problem. To be honest I don’t know what happens if you don’t because I have never not cut the wire. I did have someone contact me saying they installed a new board and their refrigerator wouldn’t run after installing the board. Then I asked them if they cut the jumper, they said they didn’t, they cut it and then it ran fine. But it is very important to cut the wire if it is a model that needs it cut.

 

 

This is really amazing.  I am only going to tell this story once BUT it happened to me TWICE in about a 30 day span.  The story is exact, just a different customer.  Remember, this same story happened one day and again 30 days later.

 

I get a call from a customer.  They have a home warranty plan and Sears had been out several times to fix their refrigerator.  Sears originally came out and replaced the GE adaptive defrost control board.  The freezer got cold and was working properly but the refrigerator was not getting cold (after Sears came out and replaced the board).  Let me be clear.  I'm sure the control WAS the problem when Sears arrived at the house.  The Sears tech was right in replacing the board.  Anyway, the customer calls me and tells me that the home warranty company ended up buying him a new fridge because the repairman could not find/fix the existing one.  OK so the customer has a new refrigerator but decides he'll keep the old one and put it in the garage and call a different repair company (me) out to fix it.  Long story short, I couldn't find why the damper to the refrigerator would not open. 

 

Customer 2 calls, exact same story.  Has a new fridge and wants to put the old one in the garage and have me fix it.  I tell him this exact same thing happened just a few wks ago.  I'm really interested in finding out whats going on so I ask the 2nd customer if I could load up the fridge and take it to my shot when I had more time to really dig into it.  So I loaded it up.

 

About a wk later I go on a call (1st company out this time) and it's a bad control board.  I opened the new control board and the directions fall out.  I notice the serial prefixes and said to myself, "wait a minute".  I went to the customers fridge that was in my shop.  It had been turned on and running but only the freezer was cold.  I open the back, cut the wire, and the damper opens up.  Problem fixed.

 

I've gone behind Sears once again and another local repair company that did not cut the wire.  Everytime the wire wasnt cut it led to the damper in the fridge not opening. 

 

Thats just my experience.  I have not seen this cause a defrost issue.

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With boards, I'm reluctant to rule anything out. All you can do is go by what usually happens, what possibly can happen and/or what you have experienced. Personally, I don't trust the lying sonuvabritches.

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BTW, is it possiable to check the diode in the evap fan motor?

I'm starting to not liking GE Hotpoint.

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I'm still uncertain about the diode you are talking about.. Can you upload a picture? However, if your fan is working it's less likely that the fan is causing your problem.

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Memorial Day

All flags at half.

Remember our fallen Heros.

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