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Strange GE dispenser

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I have a 98 GE TFX22ZRBA WW side by side refridgerator. Last night I noticed the light was out when I went to get some water from the dispenser, no big deal new light bulb. So I got a 2 pack of the bulbs at Home Depot, came home, installed one, tried to get water, light came on for one second and burned out in a flash, water still came out. Thought maybe a bad lightbulb, so installed the second lightbulb, this is where it got strange and has me stumped on what to do. Put the bulb in and pushed to get water. No water comes out. Switched light to on, water begins flowing out of the door, with no button pressed, light still not on, pushed switch back to light off and water stops but still no light.

I guess worst case I will have no light and have a functioning water/ice dispenser, I'm just afraid there may be an underlying problem that could cause a bigger problem on down the road.

Please help!!!

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Something is shorted out inside of the dispenser area.  Need to take it apart and see what is happening, suggest not using anything in the disp area right now, could be a shock or fire hazard...

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Item 39 is a "time delay module", basically a little circuit boaard that controls the dispenser functions. This is a common troublemaker on these, and is almost certainly the cause of your problems. GE part number WR55X129, order from the link above and if it doesn't do the trick, return it for a full, no questions asked refund (less shipping).

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I was thinking that board was the problem, but wasn't sure if that controlled the light too, but since it appears to be the only board for this component, might as well replace it. Thank you very much for your help!!!!!

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   Before you go and tear your fridge apart and buy parts listen to what the force is saying.  Is it possible your original 120 volt light bulb died of natural causes?  Is it not also possible that you replaced it with a 12 volt light bulb?  

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Very good suggestion, and I actually had to check. It is a 120v light bulb I tried the 2nd time. Thanks. I can see where the board is burned, so I am pretty sure that is the problem. Thanks again everyone.

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How did you get at the board? I have a 2001 GE side by side with a similar prob. I have the board on order but still haven't figured out how to get at the circuit board.

 

Thanks

 

 

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   You have a completely different refridgerator,  why not post your question in a completely topic?  BTW the force is telling me your freezer door is frozen inside and you need new doors from GE.

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I got to the circuit board on mine by removing the plastic front piece, by popping it off, same with the small plastic part you press to activate the dispenser, then undo a couple of screws, it is relatively easy to figure out.

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