Well. Umm. Nobody ever said I had to put it back for that to happen. Are you going to give me that look too?
uh...you did pull the plug before you changed the board, correct? I was just askin' since we forgot to tell you that as well. lol
But never fear! The last 40 or so post in this thread weren't a complete waste of time because it helped me diagnose a fridge just yesterday. I had a warm GE with a perfect looking frost pattern. I decided, based on this thread, to check the evap temps anyhow using my laser thermometer. The top 1/4 was 40f even though it was covered with frost, the compressor was running non stop and yes, the evap cover had been on. I wiped the light coating of frost off the top coils and they did not get colder. Much heavier frosting lower. Exactly like Budget described.
So I'm thinking, was this entire confusing thread simply a gift to me from the appliance gods and you and your problem just a vehicle for my benefit? But then i realize the appliance gods have no reason to give me a gift. Not to mention there aint no such thing as an appliance god (although Reg, Certified tech Budget and Samurai are about as close as you can get).
This thread does, however, exemplify a point constantly stressed on this site : When you ask your questions, it and the resulting responses will not only benefit you, but benefit many others that come across it. The evap cover issue ( btw make sure you put it back in place.... oh I'm just practicing.. see below) is certainly instructive for you and others. But it is also a teachable moment for the masters here to not assume certain things. I'm already practicing to mention it for the next person with a similar problem. So thank you!