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GE Refrigerator Control Board – Replace it Yourself!

It is quite common for the GE refrigerator main control boards to have issues and need to be replaced. We’ve had to replace the control board on our GE refrigerator but it was really simple. If your GE main controller board is going out then you might experience one or more of the following issues…

GE wr55x10942 Main Controller Board
GE wr55x10942 Main Controller Board
  • A “whirring” or “whining” noise from the back of the refrigerator
  • The ice maker/dispenser quits working
  • Clicking noise from the rear of the refrigerator
  • Refrigerator or freezer stops cooling altogether
  • Front control panel quits working
  • Temperature fluctuations with cooling/freezing and ice melting/refreezing
  • Using the ice or water dispenser the fans stop and refrigerator lights dim
  • Fan motor noisy or constantly changing speeds
  • Ice melts then refreezes

If you are experiencing one or more of these issues then you might want to consider replacing the main control Board on your GE refrigerator. Fortunately, it is relatively simple and inexpensive to replace these control boards. I added a video below to help with the process but it should only take about 20-30 minutes, even if you aren’t that handy.

First, you’ll want to get the model number from the inside of your refrigerator. Then visit the GE Main Control Board page on amazon and enter it into the “make sure this fits” field to ensure it is compatible. If not it’ll give you a few other control board options so you should test those as well.

Here is a video of the replacement procedure for the main control board on your GE refrigerator. As you’ll notice, it is quite easy.

Here is a great review from a customer that experienced similar issues with the control board and replaced it on their own…

“My 13-yr-old GE Elite Refrigerator stopped cooling. The ice maker lights barely came on and none of the temperature displays were lit inside the refrigerator. After a bit of searching online, I soon realized that the main control board was dead. I purchased this control board and It took 15 minutes to remove the old one and replace it. Worked like a charm!”

Let us know if this fixed your GE refrigerator (or not) in the comments below so we can help others resolve this controller board issue as well!

GE wr55x10942 Refrigerator Main Control Board Recall

Issues related to the GE motherboard, part number wr55x10942 are quite common. However, from what we understand there is no official recall since this is not considered a safety issue by GE. That said, you might be able to call and get a new controller board sold to you by GE for a small discount. Simply call GE at (800) 749-6629 and tell them you’d like information on whether not your GE refrigerator is under the recall of the wr55x10942 Refrigerator Main Control Board recall. You’ll need to be prepared to give them your GE refrigerator model.

GE wr55x10942 Main Controller Board
GE wr55x10942 Main Controller Board

Alternatively, you can still purchase the wr55x10942 from amazon to replace it yourself in about 15 minutes. I’ve included a video of the replacement of the board below.

It is very common for these controller boards to have an issue due to a soldering joint or resistor to burn out. You are visiting this page because you are likely experienced one or more of the following issues with your GE refrigerator.

  • A “whirring” or “whining” noise from the back of the refrigerator
  • The ice maker/dispenser quits working
  • Clicking noise from the rear of the refrigerator
  • Refrigerator or freezer stops cooling altogether
  • Front control panel quits working
  • Temperature fluctuations with cooling/freezing and ice melting/refreezing
  • Using the ice or water dispenser the fans stop and refrigerator lights dim
  • Fan motor noisy or constantly changing speeds

If you are experiencing a combination of these problems with your GE refrigerator then it is likely the main controller board (motherboard) and it should be replaced immediately. Make sure you enter your refrigerator model number on the amazon wr55x10942 product page to ensure it is compatible with your GE fridge.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Crisper Bin Cracked or Broken?

With the beating that the refrigerator bins take, it is just a matter of time before your humidity control crisper bin cracks or completely breaks apart. Youll likely try and keep it going as long as possible but eventually you’ll need to replace it. We’d recommend the Lifetime Appliance 2188656 Crisper Bin (Upper) for Whirlpool Refrigerator – WP2188656 as it has some great reviews on Amazon….

“Voila,looks like an exact replacement!”

“Arrived in 2 days, well packaged, and in perfect condition. Compared to the original drawer, this one seems to be a little sturdier.”

“This replacement drawer with humidity control port fits perfectly in my Kenmore refrigerator “

GE Refrigerator Not Cooling After Power Outage

It is a common problem with GE refrigerators that the main controller board can malfunction after a power surge or power outage. This can result in the refrigerator or freezer no longer cooling or making odd surging or whining sounds from the back.

Fortunately, there is a relatively simple and inexpensive solution by ordering and replacing the main controller board. It is about $130 and takes just 30-40 minutes to replace. This is much cheaper than calling the GE repairman or buying a new refrigerator.

Below is the part you’ll need from amazon but be sure to enter your model number to ensure you are ordering the correct one for your fridge. You’ll be up and cooling again in no time!

Let us know below if this worked for you so you can help other GE refrigerator owners who’ve experienced a power outage or surge.

GE Freezer OK but refrigerator not cooling

It is actually quite common that the GE freezer continues to operate properly while the fridge portion stops cooling enough to keep the food cold. However, there are a number of reasons that can be the root cause so you’ll want to check them all.

Evaporator Fan Motor Dead

One common cause of the warm and cold freezer is the failure of the evaporator fan motor. The fan draws air over the evaporator coils and circulates them through the freezer and refrigerator. If the fan fails then the freezer might seem cold enough but the refrigerator is warm. To check it, see if you can hear the fan moving at any time. If not then there might be an issue.

Damper Control Assembly

It is also possible that the damper control might be stuck closed or broken. The air damper control is essentially a small door that opens and closes to let more or less cold air into the refrigerator compartment. A good amount of cold air needs to flow into the refrigerator as the door is open. It is possible that the evaporator door is frosted closed and now allowing enough air. Try cleaning it out and ensuring that air is getting into the refrigerator.

Temperature Control Board

If the refrigerator is warm but the freezer is cold then it could be an issue with the temperature control board. This temperature control board determines when the fan motors and compressor power on and off. If those components are not working then the temperature control board might need to be replaced.

Main Control Board

GE refrigerators are notorious for main control boards going bad. You can tell just by the number of them that are sold (and reviewed) on amazon. Granted, if the main control board is bad then generally neither the freezer or the refrigerator are cooling but this is always something that should be checked if none of the other items are bad.

Bypass GE RPWFE Refrigerator Filter

Is your GE refrigerator no longer dispensing water or warning you that the filter needs to be replaced? Unfortunately, the new GE refrigerators use an RFID chip on the filter that tells the fridge then the filter expires, even if the filter is fine. So, you have a few options to get it working again.

1. Replace filter with the recommended GE water filter


Of course, we always recommend using the recommended GE filters as listed below. As this is the simplest and quickest fix.

2. Use the GE refrigerator filter plug bypass


This GE “Plug Bypass” will replace the filter and allow unfiltered water to continue dispensing. It includes the RFID chip that tells the refrigerator to ignore the filter expiration timing and just let the user know that this is unfiltered water.

This is a great option if you already have another water filter installed in your home. We actually use an osmosis water filter under our sink and send the water through our refrigerator so we don’t need the filter so this works fine for us.

3. Hack the RFID system and purchase less expensive filters


If you want to save a few bucks then follow the instructions in this video below to remove the RFID chip from the filter bypass plug then tape it over the sensor in the refrigerator. You can then purchase the less expensive, 3rd party filters below. Granted, the system will tell you that the water is “not filtering” since it thinks you are using the bypass plug but that isn’t any big deal, right?

Has this worked for you? Let us know below so we can help other GE fridge owners!

Is Your Whirlpool Refrigerator Ice Maker Leaking? You Can Fix It!

Waking up to water dripping down the side of your fridge is never fun. Luckily, there is a quick and easy solution. Even in brand new expensive fridges with all their touchscreen doors and voice-controlled coolers, the ice maker has not had any big advancements. With cheap plastic that breaks easily and pumps that will die, it is important to purchase and replace the ice maker when yours breaks. Common issues with your whirlpool icemakers include the tray missing the ice bucket when dumping, the plastic cracking and cause a water leak or the water pump in the machine over pump the water causing water to go everywhere. 

We recommend purchasing this Whirlpool 2198597 Refrigerator Ice Maker Assembly which is much better than paying hundreds on a repairman, and it is a simple repair! Tons of buyers on Amazon agree that this whirlpool ice maker is the best option when yours need replacing. You only need a few household tools to install.

Below is an instructional video to help you out with the installation.

GE Refrigerator Not Making ICE?

Unfortunately, it seems to be a fairly common occurrence among our users that GE refrigerators simply stop making ice one day.  Here are a few simple steps to get you back on track without needing to call a repair person.

  1.  Some GE refrigerators have a “test” button on the control panel or on the icemaker itself which will run a series of tests and “dump” any ice in the icemaker.  Give this a shot and see what happens.

  2. Then, ensure that nothing else has changed since it was making ice.  For instance, no changes to the refrigerator water line, kitchen plumbing, sink, etc..  It is important that the water line has sufficient water pressure for the ice maker.

  3. Next, consider changing the water filter if you haven’t done so in quite some time.  It is common that the filter gets clogged just enough to keep the water filter from receiving enough water pressure to fill the ice tray.

  4. If that doesn’t do it, you might want to simply replace the ice maker with this simple ice maker placement kit.  This seems to solve most of the ice maker issues, can be installed in about 15 minutes and costs about $60. This is much less expensive (and even easier) than having a repair person out to fix it.

Below is a great video demonstrating how easy it is to replace the ice maker.

Here is some feedback from users who have been happy with the ice maker replacement…

“Ice maker quit working after about 5-6 years. I ordered this ice maker and decided to tackle installation myself. I am a 50+years old and not very strong. My old ice maker popped out easily and new one in within 15-20 minutes. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

“My GE fridge stopped making Ice a while ago. I ordered one of these. The old ice maker came off easily.  Once installed I turned it on and it started making ice right away.  I honestly don’t know why I waited this long. Works great in my GE fridge.”

“After I made some adjustment to the water level, the new ice-maker has outperformed, even the original unit. If you need to replace your current ice-maker because it is faulty, try this one if it is one of the replacements for your model.”

GE Refrigerator is Clicking? You can fix it!

GE Refrigerator Clicking

GE Refrigerator Main Controller Board

If your GE refrigerator has clicking or ticking noise coming from the rear then it is likely a sign of a more serious issue.  Generally, the clicking comes from the main controller board, the brains of the refrigerator.  Chances are good that you’ll soon notice a drastic temperature variation in the cooling or the GE refrigerator will soon stop cooling altogether.  In some cases, you may also experience issues with the internal fridge or freezer lights, the LCD panel or the water/ice dispenser.  

Fortunately, there is a simple and fairly inexpensive fix. You don’t even need to call a refrigerator repairman as I’ll guide you through how to fix it yourself.  GE has improved the main control board to resolve these issues and is available for purchase on Amazon for about $140.  It is super easy to replace as I was able to replace it on our GE refrigerator controller board in just about 20 minutes.  This stopped the clicking and now our fridge is as good as new! I’ve even included a video below to help with the replacement.  

Make sure you find your GE refrigerator model number inside your refrigerator and enter it into the “Make sure this fits” entry field at the top of the Amazon product page to ensure this is the correct controller board for your GE model. Amazon makes it easy to find the right part as most of the older refrigerator mainboards, including WR55X10552, WR55X10656, WR55X10335 have all been replaced by the new and improved controller board, WR55X10942.

Here are a few examples of GE Refrigerator issues that were fixed with a new controller board:

“My 2006 GE refrigerator started making clicking sounds, temperature display went out and eventually stopped cooling.   Love Amazon. I ordered this on a Monday at noon and next day Tuesday it was at my door at 9am. It has been almost 2 weeks and my fridge is running as good as new.”

“No more clicking and all temperatures back in service.  Just heard ice drop 😊 Time for an A&W with crushed ice.”

“No joke, we got home on a Sunday evening from a weekend trip, and the refrigerator was clicking. A Google search said it might be something on the circuit board. I consulted the GE parts website to figure out which board we needed, and it indicated it was the WR55X10942. I searched for it on Amazon and found this item. It arrived today, and my husband installed it. The refrigerator is back up and running, and it only cost us about $150. Much cheaper than buying a new refrigerator!”

“My GE fridge was making a clicking noise about once a second. I researched the problem online and many websites said to replace the controller board. I ordered the board, swapped it, plugged in the fridge and it worked perfectly!”

“My parents fridge was making a clicking noise and the compressor would not always start. FIrst I changed capacitors on the board and that fixed the compressor but still would not keep the fridge at a constant temp so I changed out the full board and its now good as new”

“My refrigerator board was clicking so ordered this replacement board and replaced it. Very easy to install with instructions provided. Fridge works well since!

Here is a great video on the replacement of the GE refrigerator control board. If you’d like to verify that the clicking noise is actually coming from the control board then you can follow these instructions to take things apart, plug it back in before removing the board then you can hear the clicking from the main controller board.

While this fixes the GE refrigerator clicking issues for most people, let us know if this worked for you (or not) in the comments below so we can help each other fix these annoying problems!

GE Refrigerator or Freezer too Warm?

GE Refrigerator Control Board

GE Refrigerator Main Controller Board

If your GE refrigerator or freezer is suddenly warmer than it should be then you likely have an issue with the main controller board.

The controller board is the brain of the entire refrigerator so if the refrigerator or freezer is too warm then it is likely an issue with the main controller board.  Buttons don’t work on the water dispenser?  Likely the main controller board. The lights work but nothing else? You guessed it.

At this point, most homeowners would call the appliance or refrigerator repairman and probably spend $400 to have it fixed.  Actually you can order the controller board, have it delivered overnight and fix it yourself in under an hour.  You’ll have your freezer freezing and refirgerator cooling in no time and at a fraction of the cost.

I know, it sounds scary but it isn’t really that bad.  Fortunately, you can pick up a new main controller board from Amazon for around $130 and replace them yourself by just following the simple instructions or some youtube videos.  This will likely fix your GE refrigerator cooling issues.

Take your time replacing this controller board by following the video below and your fridge will be cooling as good as new!   Let us know if this worked for you (or not) in the comments below so we can help each other fix these annoying problems!