Many of us like to repair appliances on our own at our homes. The reason is not always saving money. Sometimes, this adds to our knowledge about a certain appliance. Let’s find out how you can replace the micro switch on your refrigerator.
Microswitches play an important role in the durability of any appliance. If these switches start creating problems, it can affect the performance of that appliance. Suppose, your refrigerator becomes dysfunctional one morning because a micro switch in its dispenser has stopped working. What will you do? Don’t worry; we are here to help you out. You can replace the microswitch of the dispenser by following the steps discussed below.
Organizing things first
The first step in this regard is the arrangement of tools that will be required to carry out this process. The tools that are needed to replace a microswitch of your refrigerator’s dispenser include a new micro switch, screwdriver, knife, and electrical tape. It is also advised to have a cloth around you for cleaning purposes.
Before starting any repair work, it is important to remove the power connections of your appliance to start your work with safety. You will also need to follow the same precautions for the replacement of the switch.
Removal of the Drip Tray
To get things started, remove the drip tray from your dispenser. You will need a knife to remove it. Wrap your knife with electrical tape to prevent your dispenser and drip tray from the sharp edge of the knife. After removing the tray, you will see a plug that transfers power to switches. Remove this plug, clean dirt from it with a dry cloth, and put it aside for a while.
Removal of the Old Micro Switch
Once you have successfully removed the drip tray and plug, you can now take out the old switch. These units are normally covered by plastic strips and held by a hook. You can pull that hook off using a screwdriver and take out the switch from it. The old microswitch can be now be disposed of.
Installation of New Switch:
For this step, you just have to reverse the previous step. Just like you removed the old switch, you should install the new switch. Make sure that the new switch is firmly installed and all wires coming out are placed in the correct position.
Reconnection of the Harness Connector
You are now moving closure to finish the process. After installing the new micro switch, the harness connector can be now reconnected. Lift it above the casing of dispenser and exert some force at the bottom to get it locked.
After the successful installation of the microswitch and harness connection, you are almost there. Just restore the drip tray in its original position and connect your refrigerator with power supplies again.
So, there are seven steps which you can take to replace your old micro switch with a new one. Make sure you don’t miss out on any safety measures while carrying out this activity.