Replacing a Motherboard in Your GE Refrigerator

A large number of refrigerator problems can manifest from its motherboard. In your GE refrigerator, the motherboard controls pretty much all the basic functions of the machine. So if that motherboard goes bad or starts to malfunction, it can manifest in a stunning amount of issues. These issues include:

  • Refrigerator not cooling
  • Compressor not running
  • Evaporator fan not running
  • Wild temperature variation (Thawing/Refreezing)
  • Electrical variation (Lights dim when you try to dispense ice, etc.)
  • Stuck defrost cycle

Essentially, if your refrigerator is acting temperamental before breaking completely, it is likely a motherboard issue. However, while this may seem like a complex repair, the motherboard is easily accessible in GE refrigerators and is rather simple to replace.

Before you will begin, you will need to:

  • Unplug the power to the refrigerator
  • Disconnect the water to the refrigerator
  • A nut driver
  • Pliers
  • A replacement motherboard for your specific model of GE refrigerator

How to Replace the Motherboard in a GE Refrigerator

Remove the screws from the motherboard access panel in the back of your refrigerator. It may be worthwhile to take a picture of the motherboard so you can accurately reconnect all the wires when installing the new one.

Disconnected all the wire harnesses as well as the grounding wire above the motherboard.Using your pliers, squeeze the mounting pin tabs to release the motherboard.

Align the new motherboard with the mounting pins and snap into place. Be careful when pressing on the new motherboard so as to not cause any new damage.

Connect the wire harnesses, The grounding wire will need to be reconnected by aligning it on the access panel cover.

It is really that easy! However, if problems still persist afterwards, it may be best to contact a professional repair service to get their opinion on the matter and deduce the true cause of the issue.