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How to fix a GE fridge that’s not running

How to fix a GE fridge that's not running
A malfunction may have prevented the compressor from starting. The component may no longer function due to several failures. While it’s challenging to identify the problem, you can. We have put together a guide to common compressor malfunctions. It is important to unplug and shut down your refrigerator’s hot/cold water valves before you begin any repairs. It is essential to wear work gloves and safety eyewear to avoid unnecessary injuries.

Start Relay

The starter relay can usually be found at the side of the compressor. The relay delivers current to windings on the compressor’s starter, which turns it on. If the relay fails, the compressor won’t start, and your refrigerator won’t work. A multimeter can be used to test whether your appliance’s start relay has a problem. If there’s no continuity, it will need to be replaced.

How do you replace a start relay in your GE refrigerator?

Slide your refrigerator forward. It’s essential to ensure you have enough space behind the fridge to remove it. Remove the screws holding the access panel to your refrigerator. After that, remove the panel and put it in a safe place. While removing the panel, clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator. The coils collect a great deal of dust and grime, which can affect the efficiency and performance of your appliance. A vacuum cleaner can be used to remove dirt. The small black box that covers the relay located on the side panel of the compressor is the starter relay. Use a flathead screwdriver and gently push up the box to remove it. The flathead screwdriver can be used to remove the start relay from the compressor once it is exposed. Take a photo of the relay before disconnecting the wires. You will know exactly where to put the wires in the new starter relay. Disconnect the cables after you have taken a photo. You can then install your new relay after removing the start relay. To connect the wires correctly, refer to the picture you took. Next, press the start relay onto the two terminals on the side compressor. Then, attach the black cover. After installing the new relay, you can replace your refrigerator’s lower access panel. Plug in the appliance, then turn on the hot and cold water valves. Push your fridge against the wall, leaving at least 3 inches to allow the refrigerator room to breathe.

Main Control Board

The main control panel, the electronic control board, controls the compressor on time. The control board will be defective if it cannot detect when the refrigerator needs to operate the compressor. Consult the owner’s manual for instructions on conducting a diagnostic to determine whether the control panel is at fault. You can replace the control panel if the board malfunctions.

Main Control Board

How to replace the main control board on your GE Refrigerator

You’ll find your control panel access panel on the rear of your fridge. The panel is secured to the refrigerator by screws. Unthread them and pull the panel out. Several wires are attached to the control board. You can take a photo to see where the cables are connected. Start disconnecting wires after you have taken the picture. Next, remove the grounding wiring from the frame. You’ll need a pair of needle-nosed pliers to remove the control panel from its housing. The main control panel can be removed from the refrigerator once all pins are disconnected. Line up the mounting pins with the new board and gently push it onto the pins. Please take a picture of the board and use it to reconnect the wires. After all the cables have been reconnected, attach the access panel. Plug in your appliance, and turn the water on. We can diagnose and fix the problem if your refrigerator compressor stops working.


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