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Manufacturer #: WR17X11653 /
Manufactured by: GE /
Fix #: FIX964304
Manufacturer #: WR17X11653 |
Manufactured by: GE |
Fix #: FIX964304
Couldn't get the trim board off, don't waste your time trying to do that. Remove the control panel by inserting screw driver in three holes. Lift up and out. Then you can follow the rest of the video explaining how to get your parts in.
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After watching this very helpful video, I was able to disassemble the in-door ice dispenser and replace the warped flap with the new part. This was a very easy process, just remember to unplug the appliance! The only tool I needed was a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Using the advice I found here, I located 2 slots underneath each end of the control panel. By inserting a flat blade screwdriver in these slots, the panel pops loose. I disconnected the electrical connections and set it aside. There are 4 phillips-head screws holding the ice chute and and control panel frame on. Once removed, you can easily remove the defective flapper and install the new one. Total time is 5-10 minutes. No more frost build-up in the fridge and it's maintaining temps better (with the defective flapper, warm air was causing the freezer to run too often and deep-freeze everything).
Our Hotpoint (GE) is older, so does not have touch controls. The 3 position switch assembly has a limit switch on one side, and a plastic arm that snaps into the back of the assembly bracket. If you don't get that arm back in place, the ice door will open - and Never close. Be ready to unplug, or empty the ice bin in advance. Took me a bit to figure out how it worked, and was tricky to get back in place (two tries). But - for you out there w/Newer touch controls, should be simple and quick repair.
Carefully removed trim ring like the video said. Carefully removed the circuit board. Took out 4screws. Removed the wiring plugins. The plastic unit then came out so I put it aside to get at the flapper. Took the flapper off by carefully prying the little tabs. Then put the new flapper on and reversed the removal steps. Took 15 minutes. But watch the video. It explained it very well!
Follow the installation videos they have on their website and it's very easy to replace all of these parts. Only issue I had was the top screw on the selenoid had rusted in place and instead of trying to get it out I simply wiggled the old part out, and wiggled the new one in its place. It worked great. My model has black shiny plastic inserts for the freezer and refrigerator door and it is easier to take the top trim molding off the freezer door to slide out the decorative plastic which allows you to pop the frame around the icemaker out much easier. Careful not to break clips on the decorative trim.
I followed the videos that you guys had on the internet step by step which made the job of installation easy.
(1)Remove plastic bezel trim plate surrounding in-door service recess. (2)Remove lower screw that holds motherboard in place. (3)Remove motherboard and wiring clip harnesses x 3. (4)Remove x3 retaining screws that anchor door flap seleniod. (5)Remove seleniod action pin and retaining crank arm w/flap. (6)Reassemble in opposite format with new components. Easy peasy lemon sqeezey...
Kill AC power to Refrigerator, Using putty knife remove outer cover, gently pull down and remove control unit, unplug three cables on control unit, remove solenoid assembly which was rusty and locked up, install new solenoid and flapper (if needed), reverse procedure and reinstall control panel and outer cover which snaps in place. I have performed this procedure on my personal GE refrigerator. The process was so simple that I repair two other family refrigerators with Ice dispenser problems. I would never have tackled this if not for the in depth video instructions provided.
I watched a You tube video while completing the repair!
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