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Old 07-18-2010, 10:58 AM
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Question Troubleshooting: Condenser Fan or Control Board?
Model Number: PFS22SISBSS   Brand: GE   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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The condenser fan is not turning on and this GE Profile bottom freezer unit is freezing food in the refrigerator compartment.

How can I determine if I need to order a new condenser fan or if I need to order whatever it is that tells the fan to turn on (board ASM main control?)?

Thanks,
George


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Old 07-18-2010, 11:15 AM
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I found that the answer to this question already exists on the forum (through a Google search):
Testing a condenser fan
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You must replace the motherboard AP4436216, item 801 in the back, at the same time you replace the condensing fan motor. Motherboards have consistently blown out whenever either the condensing or evaporator motors fail. I have seen no evidence that GE has solved this problem.
Perhaps someone here on this forum has info that the new motherboards do not fail anymore!!
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:10 PM
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Default Main Board Installation Instructions

Replacing the main board and the condenser fan fixed the problem. I've attached a copy of the main board installation instructions. For my refrigerator I didn't have to perform steps 2 or 4...
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:29 PM
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Very good, glad you fixed it, although expensive.
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Thanks. It's frustrating to have to spend a couple hundred dollars to repair a 3 year old refrigerator, so I'm not so happy with GE.

On a higher note, though, I purchased the parts through Appliance Parts Pros and am totally satisfied with the service. Parts shipped next day and arrived on schedule via FedEx. And shipping only cost about $6!
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Wish that I had come across this forum before. Had to spend $300 bucks to find out that the board was gone and that it had to be replaced. Next time any appliances I am going to make sure I can ask on this website.

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Thanks. It's frustrating to have to spend a couple hundred dollars to repair a 3 year old refrigerator, so I'm not so happy with GE.

On a higher note, though, I purchased the parts through Appliance Parts Pros and am totally satisfied with the service. Parts shipped next day and arrived on schedule via FedEx. And shipping only cost about $6!
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