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#61 LBL

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:33 AM

Well we are right back where we started.  Replaced all those parts and nothing has changed.  Running the diagnostic mode again and I still have that

 

Temperature control panel to main control board communication > PASS

 

Temperature control panel to dispenser board communication > FAIL

 

Dispenser board to main control board communication > PASS

 

Temps are still just like they were when I started.  Now what? 



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:59 PM

Lets recap with what has been done up to this point, please?

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:12 AM

Lets recap with what has been done up to this point, please?

Good idea. Also the status of your evap, fan motors, compressor and temps. All these part changes and name changes can leave a man confused

Although rare, it's possible you have a problem with your interface/Temperature-Control-Board. Try reseating the connections. That communication failure to the dispenser could indicate other communication failures (possibly intermittent) as well.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:21 AM

Whoa!  Woke up this morning and it was running in defrost mode all by itself.  Unplugged it for 30 minutes and that didn't help.  DH had to remind me to run the diagnostic thing again (thank goodness you made me do that!!) and sure enough - defrost + defrost made it turn off.  That heater looks scary running like that.


You mean to tell me I went through that long explanation and then you forgot? What am I, limp pasta? lol

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:10 AM

I've replaced:
Defrost-Thermostat
Defrost-Heater-Assembly
Thermistors (in the Freezer)
Evaporator-Fan-Motor
Main-Control-Board

 

DH says since I've replaced the Main Board he can hear the fridge running constantly.  He is afraid that it is going to burn the house down and he is not getting any sleep for the past 2 nights.  The temp is fluctuating between 15 and 28 depending on the frost cycle. 

 

I did find one post from the old board with the same problem? and his was a Thermistor in the freezer.

http://applianceguru...m1/18286-1.html



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:32 AM

New picture of the defrost pattern taken today

 

https://picasaweb.go...208254262891922



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:53 AM

Have you verified the temps provided by the temp contoller/interface using a separate thermometer?
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 12:23 PM

Thermometer said 34 degrees and control panel said 15 degrees in freezer. 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 12:26 PM

Might also check the wire harness at the bottom freezer door hinge for corrosion or damage.  I've seen damaged wiring cause similar bad control symptoms.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:15 PM

Might also check the wire harness at the bottom freezer door hinge for corrosion or damage.  I've seen damaged wiring cause similar bad control symptoms.

 

I don't see anything there.  I DID discover a lot of dust built up on the front of the condenser (whoops) which I promptly cleaned off.  I'm getting a lot of exercise in today pulling the fridge in and out doing the plug and pray :)



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:46 PM

Why isn't there a video on testing the Thermistors by the control panel?  I can only find one on YouTube and it's not very clear - he's got the freaking thing hanging on the wall. Oh, I see, he has a link to a page where he explains it step by step - that's better.

 

Samurai usually walks you through how to use the Multimeter (which I have no clue how to do)  I think I kind of understand the basics by watching the video he has on replacing the heater. 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 02:32 PM

hmmmmm - I went into pre chill and it reset to 0 and it is still on 0

 

could the dusty condenser have caused that?  {{crossing fingers}}


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:01 PM

Oh well. Replaced the fridge thermistors too and it went into defrost mode. Temp went up and up on both sides. DH wants to go buy new fridge.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:04 PM

Just got back from Vet and was able to run the tests again....

 

Temperature control panel to main control board communication > PASS

 

Temperature control panel to dispenser board communication > FAIL

 

Dispenser board to main control board communication > PASS

 

Control and Sensor System Self-Test all five thermistors > PASS

 

"I Have a Dream"  that one day soon this will all seem like a dream. 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:24 PM

bad condenser fan motor or dirty condenser can cause everything ut tbe dispenser communication error.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:02 PM

bad condenser fan motor or dirty condenser can cause everything ut tbe dispenser communication error.

Gasp - I replaced the fan motor.  You mean I could have gotten a bad part?

 

I have the Jelly Roll Condenser.  It's impossible to get to, much less to completely clean all around it.  Can I remove it to clean it?  Or is that even possible for the OCD people? 

 

Not sure what you mean by ut tbe and I'm not even going to guesstimate. 

 

Sigh.  I am at 28 and 55 now for temps.


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:54 PM

GE says they will charge me

Diagnostic Fee $89.95 for a service call. 

Is it worth it at this point in time?  I'm sure they have the "special harness". 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:39 PM

OK.  I am sorry to be such a bother.  We are in Crisis mode.  The temps are now 35 and 55.  The thermometer in the fridge is reading 70 however.  There is NO frost in the freezer and has not been in the last couple of hours, even though I entered pre chill mode. 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:13 PM

well I tyoed "but the" but my pad put its own twist on it. I was talking about the condenser fan. I thought you only changed the evaporator fan motor

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:15 PM

One more thought.  I am a right brain mode more than left brain.  So we just replaced the refrigerator thermistors today and the temperatures shot up on that side and refuse to come down.  70 ugh.  That panel just ignores me. 

 

I'm thinking maybe that the method we used to connect the new thermistors are the problem and not the parts.  We used the Butt Splice to connect the two and maybe, just maybe we don't have a good connection?  I'm thinking it wouldn't hurt to go in and redo all the connections with another method before we throw in the towel. 

 

I heard wire nut and some kind of sealant.  What kind of sealant?  And then there was bell connectors and silicone.  Which is best for the uninformed?  

 

DH says I can NOT buy any more parts or call a technician and spend any more money.  He is willing to redo the connections though.  He wants to buy a new fridge that is NOT a GE. 






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