Ok we are on a GE side by side refrigerator, the complaint is that the flapper here for the dispenser doesn’t close all the way so we are just going to go ahead and actuate it, I can feel that it’s open right now, we can see once it closes, yeah it’s just hanging open right now so what we will… there is probably some corrosion which normally happens on the solenoid back in here so we can pop this apart and take a closer look and find out exactly what it is.
Ok so we are going to access our solenoid, to get there, we are just going to remove this touchpad assembly that pops off from the bottom, we have our wires, we are going to disconnect them, they are all different sizes so you can’t mix them up so there is no need to label or mark anything, we will set that aside, to get this apart, there are Phillips screws right here, there are four of them, we are going to take those out.
Now we can remove this whole housing, it will pull straight out, we will set that aside and now we can see our solenoid and our flapper up here, so here is our flapper and our solenoid and it’s all connected, there is a lot of corrosion on the plunger for the solenoid so if I open it up, it’s so corroded, it doesn’t want to slide back up freely to allow the door to close so we need to replace this solenoid assembly.
Ok so we are going to replace our solenoid, there are three Phillips screws, one, two and three, we are going to take out the bottom two and then we will just loosen the top. Ok so we switched to a handheld because of the corrosion on the screw because we don’t want to slip it out so we got it loose which will loosen our solenoid. So to remove it, I am going to open up the flapper door, when I pull the solenoid out, because of the top, it goes through the plunger and now we have removed our bad solenoid with our rusty plunger.
So we have our new component, first thing we do when we go to feed this, the little arm that’s on the flapper, we have to feed it through the slot here on our plunger so I will open it up, do everything in reverse fashion, get that in there, tuck the top part of the solenoid behind the screw that’s in there, there we go and now I am going to put the bottom two screws in to mount this.
Now that those are in there so now I am going to use my hand screw driver to tighten up the top screw so I don’t strip out the threads so now my solenoid is in there completely, make sure it’s going to function and close which it wasn’t doing last time so that’s good so now we go ahead and move forward to reinstalling the rest of the dispenser parts.
Alright so we have the rest of our dispenser housing, we want to make sure that we don’t pinch any wires so we feed them up into the positions they are supposed to be and this will slide back into place there then we can put our screws back in. Just want to be careful not to over tighten these because you will crack the housing. Alright so that’s on there now, now we are going to take our little touch pad computer, plug our harnesses into it, like I said before, there are all different sizes so you can’t mix them up, so our light is on, turn the light off and I am just going to remount it, snap it in place just like that so now I want to make sure that my flapper is going to open and close properly so I am going to go ahead and hit it, I can feel that it’s open and it just closed and just to verify, I am going to open the freezer door, look down through the chute and make sure that it looks like it’s closed all the way and it’s closed all the way so there we are.