Question about KitchenAid Superba Architect KSCS25INSS Side by Side Refrigerator
My water, ice, lights and lock controls in the door of my refrigerator have stopped working. I have diagnosed the problem and figure out it's becuase the wires at the bottom of the door have torn apart. (I heard for others where the wires have torn apart within the door, so they needed a new door, WOW ).
I have been able to splice the wires together using tape, and end cap connectors. And all is working. The problem is the cap connectors, because there's not a lot of space, are sticking out from under the grill plate.
I was wondering if there's a way to slice the wires together without the connectors? Does KitchenAid have a part (easy install)? Should I call an electrician, or just leave well enough alone and be satisfied, that I do not have to get a new door?
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The easiest way (a bit tricky) is to go purchase some heat-shrink tubing (if you have a way to melt the tubing) that is made for the gauge of your wires. find some extra wire of the same gauge for better clearance. Remove the end caps you used (you will need some solder and a soldering iron--very easy to learn with a bit of practice and inexpensive too). Slide the heat-shrink tubing over one end of the non-connected wire. With a bit of solder and a hot soldering iron, repair the connection. Slide the heat-shrink tubing over the connection and heat (if you don't have a hot hair dryer or other heater to melt the heat-shrink, simply patch lightly with electrical tape).
If you don't have enough clearance for electrical tape, use hot glue over the connections (it works very well, is water-proof, and more common) so you don't get a short, then wrap with only one layer of black electrical tape and tuck away.
Posted on Mar 29, 2008
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