Feb 012016

Ge refrigerators are very popular in the USA. They are in a lot of homes in our local service area so we see a lot of GE’s products.

One very common issue that we continually see is a frozen water line in the door. This is a common issue on the SXS GE refrigerators. The fix for this issue is to install a small plug and play type heater that prevents the line in the freezer side door from freezing.

Now to determine if the water line in the door is frozen or not is actually very simple. The toe kick on the bottom front of the unit will need to be removed. Next a quick connection called a john guest fitting will be visible. Remove the water connection and press the paddle at the door. Does water come out? Perfect then you need to order and install the kit in the link below to fix this issue.

GE Heater Kit

If water still does not come out of the line, you may have a faulty water valve. The water valve is located on the back of the unit where the compressor is. Removing the small access panel will give access to the compressor, condenser fan motor, and the water valve. The connections are all plug and play type. You can make a test at the two wires on the valve to determine if power is being sent to the valve when the dispenser paddle is pressed.

If you have questions about making this repair or any other, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line or to simply use the comment form below.



Nov 202015

I’ve worked on a lot of different brands of refrigerators over the last 15 years and none have left a mark quite like the Samsung brand. I’ve been factory authorized for almost 15 year now I’ve seen a lot of appliances come and go. The amount of trouble folks seem to have with these particular refrigerators is quite impressive to me.

I want to work on just one of the common issues these refrigerators seem to have. A knock, a tap, or a grinding type noise.

These side by side and bottom mount Samsung Refrigerators have several common issues that can causes these noises. I’ll try my best below to describe them all. I’m hoping with the provided information you will be able to not only learn something but you will be able to apply that new information into a feeling of accomplishment by fixing your broken appliance. If you require more help, please use the “Ask Matt” page @ the top of this page. I can provide step by step detailed directions on how to make this repair yourself.

How To Fix A Noisy Samsung Refrigerator:

First things first..pinpoint where the noise is actually coming from. One thing to keep in mind is that the fans inside will only run when the doors are closed.

Usually when the sound is coming from the inside it indicates an issue with the defrost heater or defrost drain. Occasionally the door being left open for to long can and does cause this issue. The warm air hits the cold air and creates condensation. This then freezes on the evaporator and the evaporator fan blade hits the frost/ice and creates a loud noise.

Now the door being left open, a faulty defrost component, or a plugged defrost drain line can cause this. This is where the problem can get tricky especially if the unit has been left in a noisy or not functioning at 100% state for a week or longer. The frost/ice compounds and makes it difficult to determine what exactly is going on. This is where you will need not only special tools but also the ability to read schematics and multimeters. A basic understanding of electricity is must when servicing an appliance.

The defrost heater gives off heat during the defrost cycle to melt the frost on the evaporator. If the heater fails, the frost will build up so thick the fan ends up hitting the frost. Eventually the frost/ice will stop the fan blade and the temperatures inside will raise. This is normally when folks set up a service call. By now it’s compounded for a week or better and is a solid block of ice behind the panel. Sometimes when the defrost drain line is clogged this will also happen. You have to defrost and test the heater to be certain of what exactly is going on. The defrost water not draining will build up from the bottom up. When this happens the situation is even worse because it truly is a block of solid ice you have to melt. Once the ice is melted you can then try and clear the drain line with a turkey baster and hot water or something similar.

The drain line on Samsung refrigerators is not an easy one to get to or clear. If you require more technical help after reading this post, please use the “Ask Matt” tab at the top of this page. I’m always happy to help.




Nov 122015

We’ve had a recent influx of emails here at ApplianceRepairLesson and we appreciate the support and trust you put in us. After to responding to a few emails this morning I figured I would write a small article that explains this error code and how we generally go about fixing it in the field and at the shop.

Whirlpool Duet Sport F20 Error Code Fix:

The error code indicates a problem with the pressure switch. This could be caused by a faulty pressure switch or more likely the case a clogged pressure switch hose. Yes, soap and other debris could be inside the line causing this issue. Remove the power and make sure no water is inside the machine. The top will need to be removed so If you’re not handy, call a tech or use the ASK Matt page at the top of this page:)

The pressure switch hose is black in color and connects to a round device. Remove the hose from the pressure switch and blow through it. Is it clear? If so, the switch itself has failed and will need to be replaced to fix the issue. If it’s clogged, awesome you found the culprit! Good work.

If you have more questions about the F20 code on a duet washer or any other error code, please feel free to use the comment form below or the “Ask Matt” page at the top of the page.