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Vertical Mullion Replacement

I need to replace the vertical mullion on our Jenn Air "french door" refrigrator. Never replaced one before. The part arrives in a couple days. Any tips on installing this part? (Other than don't electrocute yourself)

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SOme tape like masking tape has helped keep this kind of heater in place while reassembling. this is about the only trick I can suggest havent replaced all that many before either. And the ends should be covered with heat shrink or tape over the wire nut or crimp connection.

Leave as much of the old wire as you need to make up the connection to thew wiring not the heater its self. (You probably know this but just in case).

Oh yea before removing the pannel and going to all that trouble tape the heater up to the exterior frame to make sure you have the one thats long enough. If its a little longer you may find the origonal was longer too and it may have over lapped someplace and this would be my main suspect place for the burn out. And always check if you havent already fro your proper voltage at the heater connection before removing the existing heater. A bad switch (ecconomizer, power saver, turn on in humid weather) could cause the same problem and do all this work for naught. (I bet you've done this already though)

If this helps you please rate me as high as possible and thanks for using fix ya.

Posted on May 26, 2009


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