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Frigidaire Refrigerator Repair – How to Replace the Cold Control

we'd like to explain you how to change the cold control on your refrigerator. It's a really easy job, let me explain you how we do it. Before we begin this repair, the first thing we'll need to do is to disconnect power to the refrigerator.

You either pull it far enough forward that you can unplug it, or locate the electrical panel, turn off the appropriate breaker or remove the appropriate fuse. Once we've done that, we'll open up the refrigerator and you should remove most of the items from the upper shelf and that will allow us access to the mounting screws for this control housing, because we're going to take that off and then we can change over the part.Our next step will be to remove the two screws at the rear of this housing and then two more at the front.

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You'll note that these screws at the front are slightly longer than the two at the back. Now while supporting that housing, we'll remove the last screw at the front. I'm going to just lower it down a bit and that will expose the wire harness connector.

We next need to disconnect that.

While supporting that control, the back end of it is held with the drain tube. If you maneuver enough which you can access that harness connector. Press on both locking tabs, squeeze them together, then pull the harness connector away from the ceiling.Then we can take that whole control assembly, and we'll set it on a suitable work surface and change out the part.

With the control housing on a suitable work surface, our next step will be to we'll begin by removing the knob from the old control. I'm just going to take a flat blade screwdriver, put it behind here and prod gently on that plastic and pop the control knob off.Next we can torque that control out of the housing.

It's locked in place with two plastic tabs at the front, just spread those enough that the tabs on the end of the control will clear that, and then pull it off far enough that we can disconnect the wires; the ground wire and the two wires on the opposite end, and if need be, if they aren't very snug, use a pair of needle-nose pliers. Always remember to grasp just the terminal end, not the wire, and pop those off.Next we'll need to reroute that capillary tube away from the back of the housing where it wraps around on the outside.

Now a portion of this goes through that styrofoam block which is critical to the proper operation of this refrigerator, so we want to make sure that we don't damage that styrofoam block. I suggest taking a very thin putty knife and just go in along each edge. Make sure it is not stuck in any particular spot.

Just flip it over and gently press on these two portions as well as the backside.

Now carefully slide that styrofoam housing out and set it aside.With the styrofoam housing out of the way, you can see how that capillary tube was routed down through that area. We carefully remove that. You can just take note of where it ends up so that we can install the new one in the exact same manner.

We will be reusing the plastic sheath from the old control, so straighten it up as best you can and slide that sheath completely off the old capillary tube.

We can discard the old control. We need to carefully unroll that capillary tube from the new control. It is very important that we do not kink this capillary tube in any manner.

Just gently straighten it out.

We'll take the sheath that we used on the old control and carefully feed the capillary tube into it.Next we're ready to reinstall that new control, make sure that we rode that capillary tube along that website and out through the outside of that housing and then back down and through. We begin by feeding a length of it out through that opening.

Just carefully bend it, tuck it back into the housing, and then we'll bring that up to the same spot where the previous capillary tube had ended.While holding it in that position, we can then root the rest of that tubing through these clips along through that website. Carefully wrote it around the defrost timer. We'll position that control into the housing, just press it down into those slotted openings until both of the locking tabs engage.

At this point, we can finish roving that capillary tube, make sure that it doesn't touch any electrical connections and there's no sharp kinks in it.Next we'll reconnect the wires, making sure that we reattach the ground wire. Make sure both of the wires to the switch portion of that control are nice and tight. We'll next install the control knob.

You'll note that there is a large flat side and a narrower side on that knob that corresponds with a wide tab and a narrow tab on the actual control itself. Press it firmly under the control.Now that we have all of that installed, our next step will be to reinstall the styrofoam block into the back of the housing. You want to make sure that we have the large rectangular opening facing up, so carefully slide it down into place.

If you meet resistance, just pull it back up and verify that we have that capillary tube where it should be. The housing should lay flush all the way around. Now we're ready to put the control assembly back into the refrigerator.When reinstalling the housing, first thing we need to do is make sure that we line up that drain tube with the opening at the back, just fit that in.

That will support the back of the housing.

If we support the front with one hand, we can reconnect the wire harness connector to the overhead in the ceiling. Push it firmly into place making sure that both locking tabs are engaged. Next, we'll take one of the screws for the front of the housing and we suggest fitting it up through the opening in the control housing itself.

Then, while looking across the top of the control, we can see where it fits into the ceiling.Again, remember that the screws at the front of the housing are longer than the ones at the rear. Now we're ready to put the shelving back in place. NowWe're ready to reconnect the power.

Adjust your control to the desired setting and your repair is complete.