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GE Refrigerator GDS20SBSSS No Cooling

Pete Boy 70

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Age
More than 10 years
Hello All.

I'm new to the forum.
Hoping I can get some help.
GE refrigerator.
Model GDS20SBSSS.
13 Years old.
Lights work in both the refrigerator and freezer.
That's all that's working.
No Sound.
No cooling in refrigerator or freezer.
Happened suddenly and without warning.
What's the problem ?

Thank You In Advance.
 

rickgburton

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Unplug the machine and access the main board on the back of the machine. If you remove it, and look on the back you'll probably see a burn mark. You might be able to repair it if you can solder. Here's the part you need:
 

Pete Boy 70

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Thank you for such a quick answer Mr. Burton.

Removed the board and there are no burn marks on the back or front of the board.
What else could be the problem ?
Heading out to work now.
Will check for your answer later.

Thank you in advance and with much appreciation.
 

rickgburton

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The problem is probably still the board. Here's the pinouts to check voltages:
WR55X10942-1.jpg
WR55X10942-2.jpg
 

Pete Boy 70

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Good morning Mr. Burton

Thank you for your latest answer.
Getting busy at work.
Will check the voltages at the pin outs first change I get and let you know.

No food loss btw.
Didn't have much food to begin with.
Managed to get all the food I had into my girlfriends refrigerator.

Because it's was getting busy at work, and I wanted to get this refrigerator fixed I forgot to ask you something.

A few days ago while I was home all the electricity in my neighborhood went out for about 2 minutes then came back on.
It did this 3 times.
In other words, within about an 8 minute interval the electricity in the neighborhood went on and off 3 times.

So my question is, could the electricity going on and off during this 8 minute interval 3 times have damaged the control board ?

Thank you in advance and with much appreciation.
 

Pete Boy 70

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Good morning again Mr. Burton.

Boss just called and I don't have to be into work today at all, so I'm turning my attention to fixing the refrigerator

Update.

There are no pin outs on this board.
Board also looks different than the images you posted in your previous messages.
Part number on my board is also different from the part number on the image you posted.

Here are all the numbers on my board.

WKKT Model No: 0158-06-03A.

UL Model NO: R-101.

GEA Part No: 200D5837G004.

Service NO: WR55X10416.

1507 DG.

Please advise.

Thank you in advance and with much appreciation.
 

Pete Boy 70

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Good morning still again Mr. Burton.

Sorry there are pin outs, but they appear to be in different positions than the images you posted.

Here are the positions on my board.

Top of board left to right.

5 pin outs exposed with no plug attached.

Next to that is a plug with 10 wires attached.

Next to that is a plug with 5 wires attached.

Under the 10 wire plug and 5 wire plug is another plug with 5 wires attached.

On the bottom of the board is a plug with 3 wires attached.

Please advise.

Thank you in advance and with much appreciation.
 

Pete Boy 70

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Good morning Mr. Burton.

Update.

Problem is with one or more components on the control board.

Tapped on the components that are soldered to the control board with the handle of a screwdriver and the refrigerator worked for a few seconds, but shut off again.

Not going to replace just the components I tapped on.

Going to replace the entire board.

Turns out the part numbers of the boards don’t match, because my board was updated to a WR55X10942P board, which is the board in your first illustration.

I asked you a question, but never received an answer from you.

That’s fine no problem.

I’m just going to ask it again below.

Would you please just take a moment of your time and answer my question for me ?

A few days ago while I was home all the electricity in my neighborhood went out for about 2 minutes then came back on.
It did this 3 times.
In other words, within about an 8 minute interval the electricity in the neighborhood went on and off 3 times.

So my question is, could the electricity going on and off during this 8 minute interval 3 times have damaged the control board ?

Thank you in advance and with much appreciation.
 

rickgburton

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could the electricity going on and off during this 8 minute interval 3 times have damaged the control board ?
Yes, it's not the power going out, it's the voltage spike when it comes back on.
 

Pete Boy 70

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Good Afternoon Mr. Burton.

How have you been ?

Update.

Still haven’t bought the board for my refrigerator.

Been very busy at work lately.

More than likely will get around to buying the board this week.

No food loss, because like I said I was able to get all my food into my girlfriends refrigerator when mine failed.

I eat my meals at her house anyway, so living without a refrigerator for awhile is not a big deal.


But check this out.

Unbelievable.

How ironic is this ?



Turns out that one of the Marines I served with has the same refrigerator as mine with the same problem as mine, but with a difference.

Light in the refrigerator and freezer are the only things working.


No sound.

Compressor not coming on.

Compressor fan not coming on.

Neither the refrigerator or freezer get cold.



But here’s the difference between his problem and mine

I unplugged his refrigerator.

Waited a few minutes and plugged it back in.

When I plugged it back in there is a constant ticking sound coming from one of the pc mounted relays on the board.

The relays on my board didn’t make a constant ticking sound when I plugged my refrigerator back in.

In your expert opinion what do you feel is the problem with his refrigerator ?



Thank you in advance and with much appreciation.
 

Pete Boy 70

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Good Morning Rick.

Thank you for your answer of probably.

Can you please elaborate on that ?

In other words, what if it’s not the board ?

What else could it be, and how do I check those things ?

This refrigerator belongs to a fellow Marine.

We were in the Corps together and Vietnam.

It would be a bad thing for him to invest in a control board only to find out that the problem is not the board.


Thank you for understanding, and thank you in advance with much appreciation.




GOD BLESS AMERICA.

GOD BLESS ALL VETERANS.

GOD BLESS ALL OUR TROOPS.

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, AND ALL BRANCHES OF THE SERVICE.
 

rickgburton

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Post #4 has the diagrams I made with all the pinouts for checking the board. You'll need a meter that can measure VAC, VDC, and ohms.
 

Pete Boy 70

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Good Morning Rick.

Update.

As a reminder I told you a Marine I served with has the same refrigerator as mine with the same problem.

In both his and mine the only thing working are the lights in both the refrigerator and freezer.

In both his and mine there is no cooling in the refrigerator and freezer.

You told me the problem with my refrigerator and his was the control board.

In your first message to me you posted a picture of the control board and a price of $435.98.

That price turned out to be a huge huge rip-off.

Found another online retailer who was selling an OEM board for under $100.00 with free shipping.

When the board arrived I tried it first in my friend’s refrigerator, and it didn’t make a difference.

The board worked fine in my refrigerator, so obviously and with all this being said the problem with my Marine Brothers refrigerator was not the control board as you stated.


More to come as time allows.

Very busy at work now.

Thank you.

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS !!!
 

Jake

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Thank you BOTH for your service!

In Ricks defense did you use your meter and do the measurements Rick said to do before you purchased the board? Shotgunning Parts gets very expensive very fast!

Good morning Mr. Burton

Thank you for your latest answer.
Getting busy at work.
Will check the voltages at the pin outs first change I get and let you know.
You said you were going to, but you didn't tell us the readings you were getting.

And the retail price of that OEM board is about $435.98

Look here:

It you got that same board for $100 then it's not OEM and it's certainly not NEW. No honest parts dealer can buy a board for retail and sell it for $100 unless they want to run their business into the ground and go hungry too boot. LOL

Jake
 
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