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I have a ge Gss25xsrass about 2 weeks ago the water/ ice dispenser on the freezer door stop working. I noticed the red/black and blue wire that run from the bottom of the door to the wire harness under the freezer have corroded and broken free. I tried to rewire it but can't rewire without the thermostat/ turbo cool in the refrigerator loosing power. Is it possible to buy a new wire harness? Or am I in over my head and should just call for a repair?

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  • Idoc6 May 30, 2011

    Thank you. I rewired everything leading to the in the door controls and the thermostat bypassing and replacing the bad conector. Everything seams to be working ok

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I would diffenetly call for a repairman for the harness will take a long time to receive and with loss of power can cause food loss depending how much trouble you have repairing it

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Hi Idoc6,

The thermostat is connected by two wires. These wires are connected with slip on connectors or a wiring harness. You can firmly pull the connectors or harness off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If the connectors are corroded they should be replaced.

Test the thermostat for continuity using a multitester. Set the multitester to the ohms setting X1. Place a probe on each terminal. The multitester should display a reading of zero when the thermostat is cold and a reading of infinity when it is warm (40 to 90 degrees F depending on the model). If the thermostat does not pass this test it should be replaced.

If you're not familiar with the procedure, I would highly recommend to consult an authorized repairman to prevent further damage on the unit.

Hope it helps.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on May 30, 2011

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