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GE Profile Oven with an Intermittent F7 Error Code

I am on my knees bowing to you you honerable great samurai master!!

I have a GE Profile oven that has been giving me an intermittant F7 error code for years. The repair man said it was the computer board. I figured it was bullsh*t to spend big bucks on a computer board for a piece of sh*t oven that started having symptoms shortly after the warranty expired. I recently googled the problem and eventually came across your site. I followed your worldly advice exactly and fully repaired the oven for a total cost of 97 cents!!!! The cost of a small tube of electrical connection cleaner. I could have easily replaced the board, LED display, or even bought a whole new double convection oven.

YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much. I am telling all of my friends about you!

Cheers,

Allen

Gilroy, CA

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This is what it’s all about: you have a broken oven, you search the Internet, find the answer ratcheer and, budda-bing, budda-boom, problem solved!

In your particular case, I had a page already written on the GE oven F7 problem. In other cases, I may not have anything already written up; however, I can personally guide you through the troubleshooting and repair in the Samurai Appliance Repair Forum. In the repair forum, my brethren in The Craft and I have helped thousands of people fix their own appliances.

Congratulations on your successful repair, my worthy apprentice. To commemorate your repair victory, I present you with the Fixitnow.com Apprentice of the Minute trophy…

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Mailbag: Samurai Appliance Repair Man, God of Appliance Repair?

HELLO!

YOU ARE A GOD!

I just logged onto your site and fixed my F&P dishwasher (there was water in the pan)

THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I LOVE YOU!

HAHAH

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Travails and Ultimate Triumph in a Maytag Refrigerator Repair

A big fat domo to Faz, an Apprentice Appliantologist in the world-famous, award-winning Samurai Appliance Repair Forum, for posting his refrigerator repair saga in the Kitchen Forum. It was such a compelling and well-written epic that I had to re-post it here:

Thank You for running this great website!

I am an electrical engineer and do all my own maintenance on my cars and motorcycles, but never did any work on appliances before.

Our 4 year old Maytag MSD2756GD side by side refrigerator was starting to act up, not cooling down enough for a few weeks, until I noticed the frost in the back side of the freezer section, after I came across the ice cream that was changed to milk shake in the freezer!

After a few google searches, I came across this site and pretty well realized that the ADC circuit should be the problem. But with a new baby that just arrived 5 weeks ago, and having visitors and such, I couldn’t get the time to go look at the problem myself. I turned off and defrosted the fridge that Sunday afternoon for a few hours, plugged it back in and it started working better, not great though.

On Monday I looked in the local craigslist and found a posting from a so called technician with years of experience and warranty on all work done, etc. . Called him and had him go check the refrigerator while I was at work. He went suggested the air ducts/blades in the back were dirty and needed cleaning. I thought he was talking about the air circulation vents inside the refrigerator. I was happy and asked the wife to pay him the $50 he asked for. Later I found out that he did not check any circuits or anything else (unlike what he told me, that he checked). Later, the temperature didn’t go as low as I wanted it, and stayed in the high 40s in the fridge side. I couldn’t get the guy to call me back again, left a few messages and nothing. The fridge was working constantly without ever shutting off, so after reading more info on this site, I realized the defrost system is not kicking in as it should. I decided I knew enough about it to not spend any more money on the labor … and take a “if you want it done right, do it yourself (while informed)” kind of approach.

I bought a second fridge for the garage during the week (always wanted to have an extra one) and this past saturday transferred all of the food from the faulty fridge (which had warmed up quite a bit by then) to this newer one. I left the faulty fridge to defrost overnight, and Sunday morning went to work on it: checked the continuity and resistance on the thermostat and they were all good (later found a wiring diagram hidden by the ADC board, which said the thermostat had to have 240k ohm resistance for continuity check. I reopened that side and confirmed this.) I then proceeded to remove the ADC board and called around, and found a local appliance parts store that had many in stock for $57. Picked it up an hour later, and the lady at the counter told me that they sell ‘a lot’ of those!

Replaced the board with the new one, cleaned the fridge, and everything is working like a clock now. The refrigerator shuts down and starts up on its own, and temp is in the low 37 or so while setting is in the middle of the range.

I must say, compared to working on my motorcycles and cars (valve adjustments, engine work, etc.), this repair was on the easy and fun side of things for me.

I just had to do a contribution to this site that offered me the info I needed to get the job done myself. Thanks for running a great site. You will see me back here for other appliance related stuff.

Repair Inspiration at Fixitnow.com

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name = Catherine
country = USA
comments = I LOVE YOUR SITE, MAN!!!!! Just called you (I live in Sunapee) about my microwave and dryer – and now feel ready to get out the tool box!

I’m going to give lots and lots of people the heads up on fixitnow.com!!!

Konichiwa!

Mucho domos for your email, Cate! I love getting emails like yours. 8) Two of our podcast episodes will help you kick some major appliance boo-tay. First, listen to this one on how to use Fixitnow.com.

And if you need more interactive help, this podcast explains how to use the repair forum.

Write back with your victorious repair stories!

Serious Grasshopper Dishwasher Repair Moves

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name = tiny grasshopper
country =   USA
comments = i just pulled some serious grasshopper samurai moves on my dishwasher.

and the sweet sound of spraying water is my reward.

thank you. great site!

Congratulations, grasshopper, you have earned a green belt in Fixite Do.

Other grasshoppers reading this post may wish to browse all my dishwasher pearls of wisdom for that rare and exquisite morsel of appliance minutia.

Delayed Thanks

..found an intermittant leak, apparantly beneath and behind our 20+ year old Kenmore washer, and checking out the horriific replacement prices, I found your web page last year. I found the courage to start taking it all apart, expecting the main bearing to have failed,… ( worst case is end up with a leaky, unassembled pile of junk, right, and it’s easier to carry out pieces than the whole beast..) . Good news was that it was really an old kids sock lodged in the filter/trap, and the ” leak” was found to be the deteriorated plastic washer coupling midway up the tank to a (drain or relief pipe?), probably leaked only on high water cycles. The dreaded project became a simple inspection, clean up, WD 40, new hose clamps and GE silicione II for a few nights after the day job. Compared to the OLDS Acheiva fuel system rebuild I was conducting, this was way less $, quicker, and the machine will be in use a lot longer than that car ever will be. .. thanks this very important service for ex middle class survivors…

After an unscheduled P.C. change last year , different browser changes, IP provider I’ve been searching for this site for quite a while to add to the beer fund thanks…( after Googling DIY, appliance, and ninja, finally remembering the …unique ‘samurai’ syntax. Thanks. However, now the 16 year old dryer seems to be only 1/2 efficient…

Thank You

I used the website to fix my Kenmore side by side refrigerator and only needed to buy a 10 dollar part to do so. my compressor starter relay/capacitor/ shut off switch went bad and i replaced it with the universal supco part and it came right on. i then learned about the adaptive defrost that the unit has and how and why it works as i noticed the compressor was not coming on for a while and it was the result of the system cycling throught the defrost cycle. Lets put it this way. I am a senior mechanical engineering student with much background in mechanics, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics and this site helped me to problem solve very quickly. I found all the info on this site and will definately be back here when my other appliances go BOOM. Thanks All!!

I donated to the beer fund and feel good about saving money. i suggest you do the same if this site helped you. a buck or two aint going to kill ya. no i was not paid to say this. lol.

If i can help anyone out with a problem please email me as i am pretty good at trouble shooting.

Thanks again,
LTU_Engineer
www.ltu.edu ME student

Thank you!

I would like to take a moment and thank everyone for posting their advice, comments, hints and tips… if it were not for this site I would have thrown my Frigidaire front-load washer into the trash and purchased a new one for over $900 CAD… your site (special kudo’s to KDOG for the sears tip) gave me the chance to purchase the entire drum assembly from Sears Canada ($150 + tax) and complete the repair in under 4 hours (keeping in mind I’m a banker with limited hand-eye co-ordination) … Thanks a bunch and I’ll be sure to deposit some of my savings into the beer fund !!!

Thank you!

I would just like to thank you for your website. I am a single mother who cannot afford a repairman. Unfortunately, I do not live close to any of my relatives or high school friends. I just repaired my Whirlpool washer using your website for reference and I found valuable information. I am not sure I could have done it without you. I am now working on getting my GE dryer back in properly working order.

Thank you so much for being here. I know I will continue to find valuable help and information and enjoy a few laughs along the way.

Thank you!