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Member Since 11 Feb 2006
Offline Last Active Nov 27 2010 01:31 PM

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replacement grates for ge xl44

27 November 2010 - 01:26 PM

These are enameled cast iron, the enamel started flaking off within a few months. Replacements cost around $50 *per grate* (ie $200 for set of 4.)

Part number (for black, varies by color) is WB31K10034

Does anyone know of a source of less expensive grates that would be the right size, and preferably *not* enameled -- ie just ordinary cast iron?


Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator model 596.50694001 about 9 yrs old

23 May 2009 - 09:44 AM

The freezer is  just barely below freezing (I know I should check with a freezer thermometer but I haven't been able to find one.  However, ice does stay frozen in the icemaker, but it isn't making any new ice. Most of the food seems to stay frozen solid, but a box of popsicles left in a door shelf melted. So I conclude that the interior is at or just below 32F)

I turned the thermostat all the way down. I've vacuumed the coils under the fridge. I read about the evaporator but don't know how to examine that.

I realize this is a common question but any troubleshooting hints, especially directed to this particular model (ie where to find things that I need to check) would be very much appreciated.

How likely is it that  there is a freon leak? From what  I've read, that isn't worth fixing. (The fridge is 9 years old)



kenmore washer whining model 23012100

05 February 2007 - 05:57 PM

Washer just starting making "whining" noise, somewhat during wash cycle, louder during spin. Doesn't sound terrible, but I expect it may be a warning of worse to come. Is there something I should check, or should I just wait for something to fail? Could bearings be the problem?

Thanks for your help.


dripping cold water dispenser

13 February 2006 - 06:15 PM

Kenmore fridge model 596.50694001. Side by side. Ice and water dispenser in freezer door. The water dispenser is dripping continually. I first thought of the solenoid valve, but i discovered that although there are two separate solenoids -- for ice and water -- they are both part of a single unit which controls a single water line. So there must be an additional valves downstream to cut off the flow to the dispenser. I'm pretty sure this is where the problem is, since I examined the action of the solenoid at the back after removing the tube leading into the fridge -- the valve cuts off with no leakage.

I even went so far as to start removing the front of the ice/water unit on the door to try to see a valve but couldn't get far enough in (and was afraid to damage it by going any further.)

Anyone have a diagram? Any idea how hard it would be to get at this valve? Or am I barking up the wrong tree?

Thanks for your help!

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