Fridge was freezing food

ApplianceKitchenAid Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers
Socket set

Warren From Staunton, VA

Jan 19, 2011

20 out of 24 people found this instruction helpful

First off, about 5 months ago I bought a replacement diffuser but it didn't help. So, I bought the control board and another diffuser just in case.

1. I removed all items and shelves from the fridge and freezer.

2. I removed screws holding the diffuser in place and the wire guards in place in the fridge.

3. I removed the back panel in the freezer and the airflow channel to the icemaker at the top of the freezer.

4. I carefully removed the diffuser by going from the freezer side and pushing in four small retainer brackets in the air channel to the diffuser.

5. I replaced the diffuser and plugged it into the wiring, and then put the little thermostat back into the housing and then moved on to the control unit.

6. I removed screws holding the control unit in place, and lowered it down to get a look. I removed three screws holding a retaining plastic barrier in place, so that I could see the circuit board.

7. I carefully unplugged all of the connections, then moved the plastic clips to remove the circuit board.

8. Then I installed the new circuit board and hooked up the wires, and then put the plastic cover back on.

9. Then I put everything back together with the correct screws, and made sure everything was in place.

10. I put three cups of water in the fridge, one on top shelf, one on the middle, one on the bottom.

11. Set the controls for 4 which was the default setting. Then I closed up the fridge for 3 days. The water in the cups did not freeze.

12. My wife was happy, I only spent about $300 or so including overnight shipping, and I did the repair myself. No problem.

13. One thing that helped was taking pictures with my digital camera as I went along so that I would remember how to put things back together, just in case the scotch made the memory foggy.

Thank you Partselect!

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Air Diffuser

Part Number: PS332745

In Stock

Electronic Control Kit

Part Number: PS897373

Recycling Rebate Available
In Stock