Refrigerator Too Cold- Freezing Food

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Dean From Lakeland, TN

May 09, 2012

I stated this repair to a bit difficult because it is awkward to work on with your head cocked backwards to see while having to lean inside the frig but really its an easy part to replace. The cold air damper was broken where the metal shaft of the electric actuator motor inserts into the hinge side of the damper and allowing the freezer air to over cool the frig. The damper is made of plastic and looks like a small door. I super glued the damper once but the repair only lasted 45-60 days. You would have to take the old part completly apart to see the motor and damper so I would not do this unless you are like me and want to know how things tick. To insatll the new part you need to remove the top 2 shelfs, then remove the lighting section with a phillips screwdriver and let the light fixture hang from the wires. The tricky part is to use a thin flat screwdriver to pry at the seam of the plastic cover at the bottom of the air duct. You cannot see the mounting attachments but behind the air duct cover there are vertical slots that slide and mount onto screws fixed to the back wall of the compartment. If you are not careful the cover can be broken where the slots slide over the mounting screws. The rest of it is pretty much as the instructions decribe. I installed the new part as is with only one cold air opening eventhough there were 3 cold air openings in the old part which the instruction do not address. The extra openings are probably meant for faster recovery once the frig door shuts yet the frige seems to work fine now after a week of operation so I would assume the other openings are not necessary. The new fan motor made a high pitch whining noise so I took the new part out again and replaced the fan motor with the old one which took care of the noise problem. If you do this be careful not to install the old fan motor in backwards or the air will blow in the wrong direction! Other than that the new part fit and works great! Good luck with your repair. -d

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Air Inlet Cover Kit

Part Number: PS966602

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