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GE Refrigerator Ice Maker Not Working

GE Refrigerator Ice Maker Not Working

The GE ice maker is an independent appliance that is installed in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.  The ice maker has three distinct operations, to fill with water, freeze the water and harvest the ice cubes.

 

If your GE ice maker has stopped producing ice or dumping the ice cubes out or will not fill with water there are replacement parts in most cases for most make and models to repair your ice maker.  The water inlet valve, module, ice lever/bale arm, ice maker mold with heater or drive gear.  In some cases you can purchase a brand new OEM GE ice maker or an ice maker kit that comes with an ice bucket and water fill valve for just about the same price that it will cost in parts to repair the old ice maker, not to mention your time and labor.

GE Refrigerator Ice Maker

GE Refrigerator Ice Maker

Refrigerator Circuit Control Board

Refrigerator Circuit Control Board

Before replacing a bad circuit control board with a new circuit board in your refrigerator you need to be aware of static discharge, it can cause damage to the sensitive components on a circuit control board.

 

We have all walked across the carpet and reached for a door knob and received a pretty powerful shock on our fingertips, this is static electricity being discharged.  To help minimize the amount of static electricity there are a few steps you can take while handling the new control board.

Wearing rubber sole shoes is a great first step to ground yourself and a pair of tight fitting rubber gloves will help to keep an electrical discharge to a minimum.  Just sliding the new circuit board out from its plastic packaging can cause static buildup and lead to a static discharge.  Plastic materials tend to build up a static charge easily.

Static electricity buildup is a lot lower while humidity is present in the atmosphere and much higher in a dry air climate .  It is rare to damage a circuit control board with a static electric discharge but it is something to be mindful of and to take extra precautions while working with these expensive, sensitive components because it does and can happen if the conditions are right for it to.

Refrigerator Main Control Board

Refrigerator Glass Shelf Broke and Shattered

Refrigerator Glass Shelf Broke and Shattered

The glass shelf in my refrigerator just broke and shattered, it literally exploded into thousands of tiny pieces all inside of the refrigerator.

 

While I was cleaning out my refrigerator and getting rid of leftovers, out of date condiment jars and bottles, I noticed a glass jar of apricot preserves in the very back that I haven’t seen in months.  It was on the very bottom shelf so I reached in and grabbed the jar but it wouldn’t budge.  I should have stopped and taken the shelf out with the jar stuck to it right then but I didn’t.

The shelf just slips right out of the brackets, but me in my infinite wisdom, reached back in for another go at it and grabbed the jar to give it a good tug toward me.  Just as soon as I gave the jar a tug I heard a shattering explosion of glass.  The shelf just disappeared before my eyes into thousands of tiny pieces and scared the bejeebies out of me.  So there I am holding an old jar of apricot preserves and still in shock.

Looking at the huge mess I just made, all I could think about was I wish I had a do over and wanted to kick myself.  Well, it is what it is, can’t  turn back time,

just turned a fifteen minute job into a costly few hours.  After getting all of the tiny glass pieces cleaned out of the refrigerator with a shop vac, wiping and cleaning the refrigerator out really well, I replaced all of the drawers, brackets and shelves, except for one, of course, lol !

My refrigerator is about twenty years old and I didn’t think that I would be able to find a replacement shelf for a refrigerator that old.  I was shocked when I typed the make and model number into a web search and the exact replacement part was still available for my twenty year old refrigerator.  I ordered the shelf for $57.92, shipping included, and received the new shelf in three days.  I installed it in the refrigerator and it fit perfectly.  Now everytime I see a jar of jam or preserves I am reminded of this costly experience.

Refrigerator Door Gasket Won’t Seal

Refrigerator Door Gasket Won’t Seal

As a refrigerator door gasket gets older it loses its elasticity, becoming  hard and somewhat brittle, no longer pliable and able to flex or move to form a good seal between the refrigerator door and the cabinet of the refrigerator.

 

In some instances the whole gasket will go bad and the refrigerator door will no longer stay shut.  In other cases it might just be that part of the gasket will no longer seal.  This usually happens around a corner of the door gasket.

If your refrigerator door gasket has become hard and will no longer seal in a few places, you can try to heat the gasket in those hard places, using a hair dryer set on the hottest setting.  Holding the hair dryer a few inches away from the gasket, move slowly back and forth over the gasket until it becomes warm to the touch, then shut the refrigerator door, do a visual look around the door and make certain that the gasket is sealed correctly into position and it has not folded or creased anywhere.  You may have to use a putty knife to push down on the gasket in places while it is still warm, with the door closed.

Be certain to leave the refrigerator door closed until the gasket has had time to fully cool down. Twenty minutes or so should work fine.  Hopefully this brought some new life back into the old gasket and helped to make it seal the refrigerator door properly again.

Do Refrigerator Water Filters Really Work

Do Refrigerator Water Filters Really Work

If you want to know if refrigerator water filters are really effective, the answer is a definite yes!  Water filters can become very vile in time if they are not properly taken care of.

 

If you could see the inside of the water pipes in your home you would probably be grossed out.  What you can’t see are the microorganisms or pathogens that are present in the drinking water.  Bacteria, parasites and viruses, also known as water pathogens, are present in water.  Some of these are harmless but others can do harmful things to humans.

Using a refrigerator water filter can help eliminate the transmission of these microorganisms.  The most common type of water filter system is called a charcoal filter.  This filter traps these contaminants but a filter does have its limits and must be replaced in the amount of time suggested by the filter manufacturer, normally every six months.

The safest route to take when purchasing your water filters is to go with the ones made by the refrigerator manufacturer or their retail sales associates.  When purchasing refrigerator water filters make certain they are made to the specifications of the AHAM, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

As previously noted, a water filter typically needs to be replaced at least every six months.  It might seem like just another gimmick or unnecessary extra cost but why put the health of your family at risk by ignoring this very important step to safe and healthy drinking water.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Broken Plastic Drawer

Whirlpool Refrigerator Broken Plastic Drawer

There are many different kinds of drawers/bins in a refrigerator.  Some are humidity controlled to keep meat, fruits and vegetables fresh.  Some even have a selector knob to control temperature.

Plastic refrigerator drawers can be clear, transparent, smoky grey or white.  They are also called bin, meat pan, vegetable, crisper or snack drawer.

If your plastic drawer has a crack or chip in it you might try to repair it with duct tape, glue gun, epoxy, melting the plastic or by drilling holes and riveting it back together.  Eventually your repair job will fail.  Doing the above repair is just a temporary fix and it is very unsightly and unsanitary.

The refrigerator storage bins, also known as drawers get used and abused. They can break from being overloaded and stuffed full of food.  Also, they can be broken when items are removed or by simply trying to clean all of the old fridge goo and gunk from them.

Children love to pull them out and use for a stepping stool to reach items that are out of reach in the fridge.

If you have a drawer/bin which has been damaged, it is best to simply replace it with a new one.