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GE Refrigerator Repair Survival Kit

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Brother Durham has assembled a very handy collection of essential technical manuals and tools needed when working on GE refrigerators. Brethren, let us attend:

GE Fridge Survival Kit:

these manuals:




Inverter diagnostic manual http://appliantology.org/files/file/757-ge-refrigerator-inverter-compressor-diagnostics-manual/

Ge Icemaker technical bundle http://appliantology.org/files/file/1500-ge-ice-maker-tech-bundle-including-info-on-the-new-wr30x10093-ice-maker/

Minimal Tools and parts:

9v battery

1/4 inch 5/16 inch nut driver,

Phillips and flathead screw driver,

small alligator jumpers,

wire cutters

multimeter that can read 62k ohms,

thermistors, bell connectors crimper and silicone

a wr55x10942 (most commonly used board but check your model to be sure.)

Ice water slurry (before you go to the job, make sure to ask customer if there is Ice available otherwise you need to stop at a quickie mart and get some. If you forget, make sure to save some frost if there is any, before you defrost the fridge)

Good things to have but not necessary :


Ge diagnostic test kit and

thermistor magic! (shameless plug http://appliantology.org/topic/43936-thermistor-magic/)

tablet or smartphone

Adding a couple shameless plugs of my own...

How to test GE refrigerator fan motors with a 9-volt battery: http://appliantology.org/topic/45190-how-to-test-the-evaporator-and-condenser-fan-motors-in-a-ge-refrigerator-with-a-9-volt-battery/

How to troubleshoot GE inverter compressors: http://appliantology.org/topic/44976-troubleshooting-and-repairing-a-warm-ge-refrigerator-with-an-inverter-compressor/

A tell-tale sign that the Muthaboard in a GE refrigerator is bad: http://appliantology.org/topic/42835-a-tell-tale-signal-that-the-muthaboard-in-a-ge-refrigerator-is-bad/

Double-extra Special Secret Tip for Troubleshooting a GE Refrigerator that's DOA: http://appliantology.org/blog/1/entry-638-double-extra-special-secret-tip-for-troubleshooting-a-ge-refrigerator-thats-doa/

GE Refrigerator Muthaboard - Connector Reference Pictorial View: http://appliantology.org/gallery/image/256-ge-refrigerator-muthaboard-connector-reference-pictorial-view/

GE Refrigerator Muthaboard - Connector Reference List: http://appliantology.org/gallery/image/255-ge-refrigerator-muthaboard-connector-reference-list/


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Great additions my broh! Ok, now who's gonna put together a Frigidaire Fridge survival kit? Volunteers?

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Great tool and source of info, thanks for putting it together.  This info on the capacitors was very helpful a quick way to check board status vissually, what a bad capacitor will look like, (Durham contributed this info)



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Awesome resources. Thanks for making this available.  You just made my life a little better.

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Hi samurai, love your site . I am also a student . this was an excellent explanation on checking for a bad inverter through elimination of various meter readings. it armed me well when I went to diagnose this GE Profile with this same inverter. I feel I missed something along the way of the results I should have gotten with my meter tests though. 1.)  I was getting 120 Volts AC going into the inverter so that was good. 2.) I checked the DC voltage coming from the mother board at both the J15 connector and the harness connection going into the inverter at the inverter and the DC readings were there but were fluctuating up and down ? not a steady reading like in your video. the readings were fluctuating up and down quickly from 4.2 to 5.6 with different readings that stayed in between the 4.2 and 5.6 range. I assumed that this was an ok reading. 3.) I checked all three pins on the compressor and got 9.6 ohms at all three so I figured the compressor was ok at this point also.   So I replaced the inverter board and the results were the same , the compressor was still not running. I was thinking I mis diagnosed the issue with the fluctuating mother boards DC readings but am not sure. by the way all of the fans are working properly also. at this point I was going to go back to the fridge and replug the fridge back in and wait a half an hour and then recheck the fridge to  see if its cooling. Someone mentioned to me that these inverters can sometimes take 20 minutes to 25 minutes to energize back up after replacing them but I am not so sure about that but am willing to try any thing at this point. I'm figuring a new mother board at this point was originally the problem. any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.   

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