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PartSelect Number PS11738948
This switch is located inside the dispenser.
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Thanks to the pictorial diagram, I was able to order correct parts. It was just a matter of removal of broken parts and replacing them. Ice maker now working and air is no longer getting into freezer which was freezing up ice maker. Thanks for timely delivery, now I am able to use ice dispenser, which I haven't used for long time. Thanks
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Unplug the refrigerator. Snap off the ring surrounding the dispenser from the bottom. There are two slots on the bottom. This is the toughest part of the repair because my refigerator is older and the part stuck. Then unscrew the two hex screws and unsnap the parts, then reassemble with the new parts. Snap the ring back on and you're all set. Pretty easy.
First I unplugged the frig, and turned offed the water and ice dispenser using the on/off panel switch. I removed the panel by inserting a small flat blade screwdriver at the bottom of the panel where the plastic studs locked the panel in place. By inserting a little upward pressure, the panel popped right ouff. The Micro Switch was very easy to remove and replace. Just make sure that the plunger on the ice dispenser makes solid contact with the switch when depressed.
Remove side handle from the freezer door ...pop out the black panel from the ice/water dispenser... you need to bend it a little bit to remove... un snap the electrical connections ...the plastic connectors, not from the fridge or the back of the panel,there are plastic connectors (white) in the middle between the fridge & the plastic outside panel.I needed a thin knife to lift the connector snaps to pull the pieces apart. It's not a bad idea to note how they match up so you can put it back properly. unscrew the white panel. There are two screws remove panel.I had to cut the micro switch out of the old style panel. the new panel is much more precise. By the way, if you are replacing the micro switch, it's a good thing to know, there are two. One is for the ice maker, the other is for the water dispenser. You might as well replace both at the same time even if one is working it will save you having to do this again anytime soon.Snap the micro chip into place & thread the wires back through the control panel screw the panel back into the door snap the wires togeather. now test the water dispenser just to be sure. Now arm wrestle the panel back in to the tracks. This is the hardest part. Why it doesn't just slide in is beyond me. Must have been designed by a guy!!! It really is easy & it saved me $300.
Removed face plate, disconnected wires, removed and replaced micro switch and control bracket.
Remove the cover plate from the bottom. Use care and patience when performing this step. It takes longer to remove the cover plate than replacing all of the parts involved. Slide off each switch, unplug electrical connectors and trust me when I tell you that you can figure out the rest. E Z, E Z, E Z!!!!!
I watched the video this site has on their website and I did exactly as the instructor did. I had my ice maker fixed in less than 30 minutes. I had watched the video prior to receiving my parts so I already had the prep work done. I had the parts removed that needed removing and all I did was slide the new ones into place. Use the parts chart on this site to make sure you get the right parts and use the video to uninstall/install your parts. Do exactly like the instructor says and you won't have any problems. It was as my school kids say, "easy peasy". Thanks!!!
Removed the front cover, not easy, I was worried it was going to break but it did pop off. Be sure to locate the two notches on the bottom so your pulling in the correct location. Unplugged the wire harness from the front cover and control panel, there is a locking tab on one side that must be released to unplug. Removed two screws that hold the control bracket, slide it out and remove the micro switches and lamp holder. Unplug the wires from the micro switches, it is easier to do when they are not in the control bracket. Attach the wires to the new micro switches, I replaced both since it was apart. Install the spacers for the switches and then slide on each switch. Make sure they are locked into the notch on the two support pins for each switch. Snap in the lamp holder and check the wiring routes so nothing is pinched. Attach the control bracket and plug the front panel into the control bracket plug and then test the water and ice. If they both work you've done a good job. The new control panel has a place to slide the wiring connection in so it stays in place. Do it now and snap the cover back on. I had to hit the bottom corners pretty hard to get it to snap in but once it is in place it is solid. It took about 30 minutes but I had taken this apart before when I discovered the holders for the water micro switch were broken so that made it much easier the second time around. The new bracket and holders seem to be made better. The new drip tray is also much better and fits much better two. Good luck, don't be in a hurry.
I have wood panels so I had to bend the plastic faceplate alot to remove. It is more flexible than I thought, and I had no instruction in this regard, and people should know this. As you folks indicated to an 80% degree of certainty it was a broken control bracket, which was easy to replace. I replaced the micro switch, easy, anyway, and kept the old one as a backup for short $ - less than $10. You folks were perfect and exact!!! Burner switch was easy and didn't even need replacement after all; burner was working ok after all. You're great!
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