Question about GE 7-4853 Clock Radio
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
We see (and repair) this
a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which
we regularly repair nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in about a
This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.
Sometimes this will also affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be inoperable or stuck on too.
In your case, it may just be a shorted dimming diode, a black diode usually located between the light relay and the connector.
(Not to be mistaken for the tinier red-bodied diode on the other side of the relay that protects the relay coil).
If it is shorted, you will have bright lights in both the bright and dim settings.
In case you or someone you know has the tools and experience to desolder and solder small components, the replacement rectifier diode is not critical and can be any of these:
1N4001, 1N4002, 1N4003, 1N4004, 1N4005, 1N4006, 1N4007, NTE116, or NTE125 some of which are available form Radio Shack.
At our Web site, you can get details of our service, plus we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
There should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.
Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your full model number) for more information & help.
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William E. Miller
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
Unfortunately they are controlled by the circuit board and it is not repairable. The board will have to be replaced.Depending on age of unit you should call manufacturer and see what they say < might repair free>
Posted on Apr 22, 2009
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