Replace A Refrigerator Run Capacitor

There are a lot of common refrigerator problems that come from a malfunctioning run capacitor.  For example, if your refrigerator simply stops working altogether, or if the fridge or freezer compartment is just too warm, it could be that you need to replace your run capacitor.

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Today we’re going to show you how to change the run capacitor on your refrigerator. It’s a really easy job; all you’re going to need is a quarter inch nut driver, and maybe a pair of needle nose pliers. Let me show you how we do it.

Now before we begin this repair the first thing we’ll want to do is disconnect the power and the water supply line to the inlet valve so we that can pull the refrigerator out enough to access the back of it.

Now our first step will be to remove the six quarter inch hex head screws that secure the back cover. Now with the screws removed we can simply lift the cover away and up and set that aside; that will give us access to the component.

Now that we have the back panel removed we have access to the run capacitor which is mounted right on the side of the compressor. We need to remove this retaining clip to pull that run capacitor off of this housing. So it may be easier to take this one screw out to release the tension on those wires.

Just depress that clip, lift it out of the opening and there’s a matching one on the bottom that hook on each end of that clip.

With the clip out of the way we’ll grab the run capacitor, just pull it straight out, and you’ll note the retaining hook on the end that fits over a plastic pin that is part of that housing. The new run capacitor has the same size of terminals, same spacing, and the same hook on the back. If yours is a wired in version, you may need to install the replacement 3/16ths wire terminals.  If the original harness has quarter inch terminals simply cut them off, strip the wire back about a quarter of an inch, and crimp the new terminals on.

We need to make sure that we have that hole over the post holding it in place. Line the terminals with the socket, make sure it fits snuggly.

There is an oval opening in the bottom of that housing that this hook will fit into. Hook the bottom one in first, then we’ll depress it enough to hook the top in. We can reposition the clamp for the wire harness.

We’re now ready to put the back panel back on, reconnect the water line. Now we’re ready to reinstall the back cover.

Tuck that flat inside of the base frame, line up the openings for the screws, then we’ll reinstall all six screws.

Now we’re ready to reconnect the water line, our water supply, and our repair is complete.

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Repair a Refrigerator Temperature Gauge

GE refrigerator repair Atlanta

GE refrigerator repair Atlanta

Today we’re going to show you how to change the temp sensor on your refrigerator. It’s a really easy job, all you need is a quarter inch nut driver, a pair of strippers and crimpers and some wire splice connectors. Let me show you how we do it.

The particular GE refrigerator we’re working on has three temp sensors on it and all of them are the same part number, so we’ll begin by showing you the location of each of those; there is one in the fresh food compartment, it’s located in the rear on the extension to the cantilever shelf bracket. You can access it by removing a single quarter inch hex head screw, you can slide that extension upwards and disengage it from the rail and pull it out and you’ll see the sensor hanging down on the top portion of that, there should be enough wire lead there to pull it out far enough to clip it off and to butt splice a new one on.

Simply tuck it in behind that extension, slide that into the back of the cantilever rail, re-insert the screw.

Now the next two sensors are located in the freezer compartment. There is one that is located at the very bottom of the evaporator, in the left hand side and you can see it tucked into a little holder there.

The other one is located at the top of the evaporator, right in this general area. Now to access those you would have to remove the two quarter inch hex head screws that hold the evaporator cover on, pull that cover out of the way, then you have access to both of those sensors.

Today we’re going to show you the repair for the one on the top of the evaporator because it is the most common one to fail.

Now before you begin this repair we’ll start by disconnecting the power, simply pull the plug; we’ll open up the freezer door and remove all of the shelves in the bottom bin, the shelves just snap in on the right hand side with a plastic bracket, then they’ll pull out on the left hand side.

Next we’ll take the light cover off, just pull out on it and then push upwards, there’s a lip on the front of that cover that hooks on to a couple of tabs on the evaporator fan motor bracket.

Refrigerator Repair Atlanta - Replacing the Temperature Sensor

Refrigerator Repair Atlanta – Replacing the Temperature Sensor

We’ll next take out the light bulb, set that aside, then we’re going to remove the two quarter inch hex head screws that hold the top of the evaporator cover to the fan housing. Then just pull forward on it and you’ll notice that there is a ground wire clipped to the top edge, you just pry that off, and once you’ve pulled that out far enough you can pull straight up on it until you clear the bottom of the evaporator and tilt it over to on the left side and pull it out of the way, and that will give us access to the temp sensors mounted on the top of the evaporator, you can just barely see it from there, it clips into a little bracket.

Now we’ll begin by removing the sensor from the top portion of the tubing on the evaporator, just unclip it and we can remove the sensor from that clip, it should slide out. And we’ll retain the old clip because we will reuse it.

Next we’re just going to cut that sensor two lead harness, you can cut it far enough so that you have room to connect a new butt spliced connector to it; discard the old one and we’ll separate these two leads, enough so that you can strip about 3/8ths of on inch of the insulation off of that wire, and if you need a little extra length there to work with you can actually disconnect that connector, remove the ground screw and pull the wire out more, you can get better access to it.

Next we’ll twist the stranded wire so that it fits easier into the butt splice connector.

And now we’ll prepare the new sensor by stripping back the wires on it and we’ll actually connect the butt splice to the new sensor first and then we’ll pull the assembly in and connect it to the existing harness.

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We’ll next strip about 3/8ths of an inch of that insulation off. Now just twist that stranded wire into a nice tight bundle.

Then we’ll prepare one of the butt splice connectors; then we’ll just make sure that that wire is fully inserted into the connector and none of the strands have popped loose and give it a good tight crimp, I’m doing the same for the second one.

Now we simply need to connect these two butt splice connectors to the existing harness in the refrigerator and once we’re done all that we should tape those connectors up just to prevent any moisture from getting in.

Make sure we fully insert that wire into the connector, crimp it tight, do the same for the second conductor.

So we’ll insert that sensor into the mounting bracket and it’s probably a good idea to put a little bit of electrical tape around those butt splice connectors as it is a moist environment here, so we’ll just wrap a bit of black electrical tape around it.

Atlanta Fridge Temperature Gauge Repair

Atlanta Fridge Temperature Gauge Repair

Then we tuck the excess wire down and behind that tubing just to make sure that doesn’t come in contact with the evaporator fan motor and we’ll snap that new sensor on just about where the aluminum joint meets the copper.

We’ll take the evaporator cover, slide that in behind the rear shelf brackets, rotate it into position and we have to tilt forward on the top a bit and push it downwards. Once we get it down low enough remember to reinstall the ground wire, just clip that to the top edge make sure it fits firmly.

Then we pull that evaporator cover up, we line up the slots for the screw holes with those holes in the evaporator fan motor cover, we’ll reinstall those two quarter inch screws.

We’ll reinstall the light bulb and the light cover.

Next we’ll reinstall the shelving, and the bottom bin. Reconnect the power and our repair is complete.

 – video originally found on YouTube by user PartSelect

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GE Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

GE Profile Counter Depth French Door RefrigeratorHave a complete kitchen makeover with the GE Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator!

A refrigerator looking like it’s built-in with the cupboards is one of the trends in modern interior design because it adds cozy detail to any home.  This is a top contender for a refrigerator for those who want to have that counter-depth design.  It has bevels on top and below so that it will fit the design of any cabinet.  Its counter-depth configuration will give the appearance of being built-in. This solution is more budget friendly than custom refrigerators for the cupboard.

The body of this counter depth refrigerator is made of stainless steel.  It is not only durable but it gives it a sleek appearance.  Styled with GE’s contemporary armoire design it has a total of four doors.  Two side hinged doors for the refrigerator and a bottom two drawers for the freezer.  Its handles are curved giving it a more polished look.

Physical appearance aside, this refrigerator is created to be state-of-the-art kitchen equipment.  It uses a ClimateKeeper system where temperature can be adjusted via electronic controls.  It has an interior air flow system that helps to distribute cool air evenly.

There are three pull-out drawers inside the refrigerator.  Two are crisper drawers and one is a long drawer.  The two crisper drawers have humidity control so that vegetables and fruits stored in it are guaranteed to maintain its freshness for a longer period of time.

The shelving system of this refrigerator is flexible.  Shelves can be tucked away if not needed to provide enough space for storing taller or larger items.  The rack for canned drinks on the right hand side door is best for quick access for the thirsty.

The exterior of this refrigerator is also functional.  It has an ice dispenser with an LCD panel and touch button controls.  The LCD panel will show both the refrigerator and freezer’s temperature.  And it can be manually controlled with this panel.  There are also controls for the selections of: water, crushed (ice), and cubed (ice). The designers have thoughtfully added a light switch for turning on the lights to give a much clearer view when filling a glass with water through the ice dispenser.
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If there are ingredients or foods that need to be cooled right away, pushing the TurboCool button located on the LCD panel will rapidly cool it down.  So there’s no worry regarding food spoilage.

The GE Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator combines style and substance.  It is the perfect necessity for the family.  Both the 20.7 and 20.9 cubic feet capacity measures 69 5/2 inches x 35 3/4 inches x 31 inches (HxWxD).

Original video from homedepot on YouTube

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