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Member Since 13 Jun 2013
Offline Last Active Jun 14 2013 07:10 AM

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GE Water Line Heater Installation 4 wires vs 6

13 June 2013 - 12:27 PM

I'm installing the GE heater kit (WR49X10173) on my fridge to try to solve the freezing water line problem.  All has gone according to the instructions except for the electrical connection.  The instructions say to use the red and black/white wires (#2 & #6).  My problem is my wiring harness only has 4 wires after a splice above just outside the grommet.  The wires are: 1 thin blue & 1 thin black; 2 thicker white.  I've metered the wires and can get 13.7 v DC between the blue and one of the white without the plug connected to the circuit board.  From reading another thread here and about 5 hours searching online, 13/7 v DC seems to be what I would want.  Unfortunately, online advice is confusing and contradictory, one saying I should have AC voltage or use the black * blues wires (which gives negligible voltage).  I don't really feel any heat when I power up using the black and wire wires noted. Does anyone know for certain what wires I should be using or what voltages I should be seeing?


Also, because of the factory splice, I had to install the new red splice connectors lower than desired/specified.  I've tried to finish the install but there doesn't appear to be room for the new splicers.  Any suggestions?  Can I find a smaller splice connector somewhere?


Thanks for you help. This is a very frustrating issue. I found many people reporting the same problem (4 vs 6 wires) but I didn't find a solution.  GE was zero help!


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