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Member Since 30 Mar 2012
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In Topic: Frigidaire Gallery FGHB2844LF4 - temp reading lies/inaccurate

22 November 2014 - 10:20 AM

Please keep us updated on your experiments and results.  Good Luck!

In Topic: Kitchenaid downdraft fan kird861vss1

17 June 2014 - 07:57 AM

Please let us know what you find there - the status of the unit ( up/down) what you have to do to get it back into operation and what could be happening after you leave.  The operation instructions do say that starting from the down position push the button down for a few seconds to raise the unit and this slight delay is to prevent inadvertent rising during cleaning.  Maybe a hesitant push on the button is causing the problem.  Have you watched the owner operate it?  Bob

In Topic: Kitchenaid downdraft fan kird861vss1

14 June 2014 - 08:48 AM

Our KIRD is in our kitchen so I don't have to walk very far to raise my blood pressure.  Our original problem was caused by a power surge on-off-on that killed the unit.  The motor fuse was blown ( overload ) and the snorkel had moved past the upper limit switch into a mechanical stop.  I shut off power to the unit, moved the upper limit switch out of the way, lowered the snorkel a few inches with batteries, replaced the limit switch and the fuse, applied power, pushed the raise/lower button and the snorkel raised to it's proper position and the fan operates. We always keep the unit in it's raised position unless we are cleaning it and as long as the power is on to the system it operates normally.  If power is lost we are back where we started:  when power is restored ( snorkel up) a brief push of the raise/lower causes it to move past the limit switch, a longer push of the button drives it into the stop and blows the fuse. Something happened to the electronic control board that fouls up the sequence of operations and I don't want to buy a new one ( $300) and have it happen again. What I have done is this:  after the last power outage I followed the procedure for lowering the snorkel and getting it back into the proper position and then removed the fuse so the motor wouldn't operate. Now if power is lost or removed the fan won't operate until the raise/lower button is touched and then everything is fine. See my other posts for more details on what I did.


I would be very interested in getting a failed control board to look at and would pay for postage/handling etc.


                                 Hope this helps, Bob

In Topic: Kitchenaid downdraft fan kird861vss1

13 June 2014 - 12:13 PM

If you replace the fuse, does the unit work normally - raise, lower, fan operates etc?

In Topic: Kitchenaid downdraft vent system model KIRD861VSS1

07 June 2014 - 08:22 AM

alamo3 - I had this same problem last year.  If you do a search in this forum for "kird861vss"

you will come up with my original post.  I've come up with a way to keep the vent in the up

position and the fan to operate without replacing any parts. I also was faced with replacing

the control board but with no guarantee that the problem would not reappear after another

power failure.  The folks at this forum provided links to all the available literature from KitchenAid

but there does not seem to be any diagnostic material available.


  I'll pull my file out and help in any way I can.  OaklandBob

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