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Hi,

This GE side by side refrigerator has four buttons on the refrigerator side, one colder and one warmer for the freezer temp and one colder and one warmer for the refrigerator temp. Pushing all four buttons at the same time accesses the diagnostic mode. I can enter the code 1 5 (1 on the freezer temp display and 5 on the refrigerator display) but I don't know what button to press to actually perform the test (if i am not mistaken 1 5 causes a system reset). Does anyone know what button to press to cause the refrigerator perform the diagnostic test? I don't see any other buttons inside the refrigerator. Only other buttons on on the water/ice dispenser.

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Non-model specific GE diagnostics, hope this helps.



The purpose of the diagnostic aid is to enable you to operate individual components and test circuits on electronic refrigerators that do not contain "built-in" diagnostics through the touch control board. This includes all electronic models with a 4 pad touch control and electronic models with temperature control knobs. Note: Not all diagnostic tests are available on all models.



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Hi,

My control panel looks like this.

Thanks,

Steve

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Here are the instructions with diagrams on how to hook up the diagnostic aid (needed in the case above):

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

Since i have neither the wx05x14999 (wiring harness) or the wr55x10390 (temp control board assm.)  I guess I am at the mercy of the repair person.

My other option is to replace the Main control board and the Temperature sensors (thermistors) and the freezer (evaporator) fan. (Shotgun repair).

Or buy a new refrigerator.

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Steve

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mrdeco wrote: My other option is to replace the Main control board and the Temperature sensors (thermistors) and the freezer (evaporator) fan. (Shotgun repair).

Or buy a new refrigerator.



I guess that would fix it. Never got the model # or the original problem.

BTW, "resetting" the board rarely works anyway...



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Hi,

The refrigerator is a GE ess25lgna. The lights in the freezer and the refrigerator work. The water dispenser works. The temp control works (I can change the numbers). The refrigerator and freezer do not cool.

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Steve

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Based on what you've posted, I believe it is the control board:


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Main control board
(The manufacturer has replaced part number WR55X10174 with this item, part number WR55X10552.)



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Hi,

The strange thing is that it did the same thing three months ago (not cooling). I unplugged the cord, plugged it back in, pressed colder/warmer colder/warmer, accessed the diagnostics (didn't get it to actually do any diagnostics). Plugged it back in and it worked untill now.

I did have the water dispenser act up (not dispensing water) intermittantly.

I hate to replace the main board if there is a bad evap. fan and or thermistor in addition to a faulty main board. I believe I read somewhere that you should replace the evap. fan if you replace the main board.

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Steve

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If the evaperator fan motor goes out it takes out the board, not sure a board going bad would damage the evap fan motor or not...



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I think there is away to test the evp. motor , I belive if you get less then 1k when ohming it out then the motor is defective, correct me if I'm worng cdwasher, please post back

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I to started working on a GE SxS Model # GSH22KGPC today. The freezer/Evaporator was frozen from the bottom to the Top. I recently replaced the Heater which had a broken coil inside the glass tube. The evaporator was frozen again today and the heater had a broken coil inside the glass tube again. I don't understand why this is happening. The last time I worked on this refrigerator, I checked the Defrost thermostat by holding a can of compressed air upside down and spraying a frost cover over the thermostat and it closed in and the heater came on that I had replaced. This time I checked the defrost thermostat and it was acting as if it was closed. The degrees on defrost thermostat are 140 to 30F. I recently saw this same type of DFT on another GE side by side. It also tested like it was closed on the evaporator that had no frost and was unplugged. 1st question: Am I to believe that these defrost thermostats close at 30' and open at 140'. I have 3 more of these GE defrost thermostats on my truck and I checked them all and they all checked closed.
I also trying to learn the diagnostic process myself. I'm reading that when the test code has been entered, the displays will flash to confirm the test and to press the hold button to begin test. I also don't have a hold button. My image of my buttons is just like the one up top, I only have 4 buttons. I would appreciate anyhelp with this matter myself.

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I have the single digit display and please be gentle with any replies. Thank you.

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The Defrost Thermostat is only a safety device that opens if the tempearture gets to 140F.

It doesn't normally control the Defrost Cycle.

That job is done by the MotherBoard and the Thermistors

(which have known to go bad if they are the "bullet" shaped ones)

.. from my memory, the single didgit dispaly can't do much, you'd need the extra "diagnostic aids" mentioned above  ...


do you need the 31-9072 service manual ?
 

 



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Hey! thanks for the for the input and (Yes) I would like the manual if at all possible. I appreciate any help I can get.
Thanks again

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