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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While I was cleaning out my refrigerator and getting rid of leftovers, out of date condiment jars and bottles, I noticed a glass jar of apricot preserves in the very back that I haven’t seen in months.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.

Hollow Ice Cubes In My Whirlpool Icemaker

Hollow Ice Cubes In My Whirlpool Icemaker

Why is my ice maker making hollow ice cubes? Drinks don’t get cold enough with hollow ice cubes and the ice melts almost instantly after contact with liquids in the glass.

 

One reason may be that your Whirlpool refrigerator has an incorrect freezer temperature or may have inadequate water flow.  Either problem is relatively easy and inexpensive to correct.

 

The temperature in your freezer may be either too cold or not cold enough.  This depends on how high or low you have your freezer thermostat set.  Getting your freezer to the correct temperature is simple, just use a thermometer.  Place the thermometer in the freezer for 10 – 12 hours, check it and adjust the temperature, wait another 10 – 12 hours and follow the same procedure until your freezer is set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius).

 

Another possibility is  that your thermostat has gone bad.  Not all refrigerators have thermostats, some have a timer.  You will need to check  your manual to determine which of these parts your refrigerator is equipped with.  If your refrigerator has a thermostat it is possible that it is cycling too soon and your ice will not freeze solid.

Check your manual to find the correct thermostat for your Whirlpool model refrigerator.  Replacing the thermostat will be explained in your manual.  If you would rather not do this repair yourself call a qualified appliance repair person.

 

A defective water filter could also be the problem.  It could be that it needs to be replaced because it is not supplying enough water to your ice maker.  Water filters should normally be replaced every 6 months.

 

 

 

Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filters

 

Finally, if everything checks out ok, pull your refrigerator away from the wall and  look at your water line to make certain it is not kinked or maybe frozen. If it is frozen you will need to turn off the water shut off valve.  You can defrost the line with a hair dryer or heat a wet bath towel in the microwave and wrap it around the frozen water line letting it thaw out.

Whirlpool Ice Maker

 

Again, if all of this seems a bit daunting and you do not feel compelled to do it yourself, check with a qualified appliance repair person.

 

 

 

My GE Refrigerator Is Leaking Water

My GE Refrigerator Is Leaking Water

If your GE refrigerator is leaking water on the kitchen floor, finding the source of the leak takes some investigation but it is relatively simple to do.

Ice Maker

The water line connections to the ice maker can sometimes come loose or the seals can crack from age.  The plastic hoses can crack, tear or get kinked which would cause pressure at the connection and cause a leak.  The water line going to the ice maker is normally on the back, outside of the refrigerator.  Check this line and its connections for any signs of moisture.  If the ice maker supply line is the problem there will normally be water running or dripping down the line onto the floor.  You should tighten all of the connections or replace the water line.

Defrost Drain

A very common problem is that the defrost drain could be blocked.  The drain has a small opening that is easily clogged by food particles or ice.  During the defrost cycle, water could build up and not be able to drain into the pan.  The water would then leak out onto the floor.  You can clear the drain by pouring hot water over it and using a stiff wire to remove the blockage, if there is any.

Drain Pan

Normally the drain pan is not the problem but it can develop a crack and that would allow water to leak.  Only a small amount of water usually accumulates in the drain pan and not enough to overflow.  This water evaporates, with help from the condenser fan, which blows warm air across the surface of the pan.  Do a thorough examination of the drain pan looking for any damage or cracks. If the pan is damaged, replace it.

 

Water Filter

Refrigerator Water Filter Cartridge

If your refrigerator has a filtering system the connection between the water filter and the water supply can cause a leak.  The filter may have been installed incorrectly, wrong size or wrong model for the refrigerator.  It’s also possible that it may be very old and the housing or seals are cracked, therefore allowing  water to escape.  Remove and replace the filter if you see water running down the outside of the filter and into the interior of the refrigerator.  Make certain the filter is the one specifically for your model.

                                  

 

Why is My Refrigerator Leaking Water

You don’t normally think of your refrigerator as an appliance that would leak water but they sometimes do.  Finding the source of the leak takes some investigation but it is relatively simple to do.

 

Defrost Drain

A very common problem is that the defrost drain could be blocked.  The drain has a small opening that is easily clogged by food particles or ice.  During the defrost cycle, water could build up and not be able to drain into the pan.  The water would then leak out onto the floor.  You can clear the drain by pouring hot water over it and using a stiff wire to remove the blockage if there is any.

Drain Pan

Normally the drain pan is not the problem but it can develop a crack and that would allow water to leak.  Only a small amount of water usually accumulates in the drain pan and not enough to overflow.  This water evaporates, with help from the condenser fan, which blows warm air across the surface of the pan.  Do a thorough examination of the drain pan looking for any damage or cracks. If the pan is damaged, replace it.

Ice Maker

The water line connections to the ice maker can sometimes come loose or the seals can crack from age.  The plastic hoses can crack, tear or get kinked which would cause pressure at the connection and cause a leak.  The water line going to the ice maker is normally on the back, outside of the refrigerator.  Check this line and its connections for any signs of moisture.  If the ice maker supply line is the problem there will normally be water running or dripping down the line onto the floor.  You should tighten all of the connections or replace the water line.

Refrigerator Water Inlet Valve

Water Filter

If your refrigerator has a filtering system the connection between the water filter and the water supply can cause a leak.  The filter may have been installed incorrectly, wrong size or wrong model for the refrigerator.  It’s also possible that it may be very old and the housing or seals are cracked, therefore allowing water to escape.  Remove and replace the filter if you see water running down the outside of the filter and into the interior of the refrigerator.  Make certain the filter is the one specifically for your model.

Refrigerator Water Filter Cartridge