Ok - one more recon trip today to the small, well known and highly reputable appliance shop nearby (King and Bunny's in Renton) because they had the exact model I want on the floor. It was in stainless and I need black but other than that, it was the exact model - counter depth and all.
And they are $100 less than Lowes!!!
Going to order it as soon as my 401K withdrawal gets here - hopefully in the next week or so.
Thanks again to all of you!!! You are all incredibly helpful and I'm deeply indebted to you!
Oh, another thing, Consumer Reports is only a marginally reliable source on reliability. Consumer Reports tests all the appliances when they are brand new, They base the reliabilty of the appliances by asking their readers in an annual questionairre what problems they have had with their appliances in the past 10 years. Since not everybody reads or subscribes to Consumer Reports, it is not a "real world" report on the reliability of appliances.
Excellent points all around hun!
The recon I did today helped me with a couple of things:
Look at the different units and manufacturers
Lowe's has Kitchenaid (won't get anything from Sears even if they were giving it away!)
A small, well known and highly reputable appliance shop nearby me (King & Bunny's in Renton) has a good price on the Kitchenaid I want - $1799 plus tax, delivered, installed and old one hauled away.
The online store where I can save basically the tax on the Kitchenaid unit is OK (I got my LG washer/dryer from them) but I'm thinking I'd like to deal with a local, non-big-box store. Besides, the online store wants $40 to haul the pos GE unit.
LG refrigerators have been very troublesome and keep in mind that alot of servicers refuse to work on them and they are a Korean company. Just what we need for this economy, more imports. I would stick with the Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid or Maytag.
Ok - the info about LG being 'troublesome' is helpful. I did check Consumer Reports and it is the highest rated.
As for LG being a Korean company and the impact on the economy - well - at the risk of pissing you off - I'm a true capitalist at heart. I want the best for my money. If that means buying from a manufacturer not in the good ole USA - so be it.
Ok - I read through (again) the link on using a Multimeter (aka testor thingie). You are so awesome Scott! I know I don't deserve to even participate here so thanks for not kicking my sorry ass butt out.
If I were 10 years younger and didn't have a disabled son who just had surgery yesterday here at home, I'd definitely try myself to fix this stupid GE refrigerator (again).
I'm just plain tired of messing with it.
So.... now I need to decide whether to spend the $ on an appliance repair man, or buy something else.
I'm going hunting for your page on appliance brand recommendations and read through that.
Thanks again for your patience hun - you really are awesome!
It's most likely the thermostat is ok. Replacing it without testing it is a precaution. You can't get to the thermostat to cut and splice the wires?
Nope - can't get to one screw to get the cover off to get to the wires.
I don't think the defrost thermostat is likely to be bad; it doesn't cycle off and on with every defrost cycle like most of them do; it is just there as a safety device. If you're not able to use an ohmmeter to check the heater, a visual inspection can tell you that it's bad
Well.... I got the old heater out easily - and it looks bad to me when comparing it to the new one.
What I'm concerned about is the service manual says this:
I've got it going now and it's cooling down nicely with the new heater in it. I'm tempted to just put it back together and see what happens. But before I do that, I wanted to check in with all of you and see if I should worry about what the manual says? If so, I'll leave it apart and call a repair man.
Wait, Shawnna! Wow, that's quite a graphic! I'm sorry my distraction with my service business has made you feel that way. Do you have the wiring diagram for this unit? Of you're willing to keep working on it, I'll help you troubleshoot it. We can also talk via phone to help kickstart this process if you want to. PM me your phone number and a good time to call (Eastern Time).
hehe... I love that graphic (my day job feels like that more often than not).
And no worries on the microwave hun - I've ordered a new one. You're incredibly kind to offer and I'm deeply grateful.
I'm betting my refer will be the next appliance to take a dive on me so I'm sure I'll be back.
Shawnna, remove the ice bucket from the freezer and see if the augur screw at the bottom of the bucket is frozen in place. If it's not, then the augur motor drive motor may be bad. I've PMed you the service manual for this refrigerator.