DIY side-by-side refrigerator repair

If your side-by-side refrigerator isn't making ice or it isn't even running, Sears PartsDirect has the troubleshooting advice you need to fix the problem. If you see an error code, follow the troubleshooting steps in our refrigerator error code chart to find the cause of the failure. Use the step-by-step procedures in the refrigerator repair guides to help you replace failed parts.

Use advice from the refrigerator articles and videos page to help keep your side-by-side fridge running smoothly. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your refrigerator, search for your model number.

Side-By-Side Refrigerators

Repair guides for side-by-side refrigerators

How to replace an electronic control board on the back of a refrigerator

If your refrigerator isn't running, an electronic control board failure could be the problem. A service technician can do tests to diagnose the cause. If the electronic control board has failed, replace it following the instructions in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a foamed-in-place door gasket in a side-by-side refrigerator

The door gasket seals the gap around the door to keep the cold air in and the warm air out. Replace a worn or damaged door gasket by following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a press-in door gasket in a side-by-side refrigerator

The door gasket seals the gap around the door to keep the cold air in and the warm air out. Replace a worn or damaged door gasket by following these 4 easy steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace an ice dispenser motor in a side-by-side refrigerator

If your side-by-side refrigerator isn’t churning out ice, replacing the motor could fix the problem. These steps explain how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace an evaporator fan motor in a side-by-side refrigerator

If your refrigerator isn't as cold as it should be, it could be that the evaporator fan motor isn't circulating air. This repair guide shows how to replace a failed evaporator fan motor.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace a defrost sensor in a side-by-side refrigerator

If frost is building up in the freezer of your side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost sensor could be at fault. You can replace the refrigerator defrost sensor in about half an hour by following these instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace ice maker optic boards in a side-by-side refrigerator

If the ice maker in your side-by-side refrigerator is not producing, replacing the optic boards can fix this system.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
July 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a refrigerator thermistor

The thermistor senses the temperature inside the refrigerator. If the actual temperature and the temperature you set are different, the thermistor could be the problem. You can replace a refrigerator thermistor by following these simple instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a diffuser in a side-by-side refrigerator

The diffuser controls cold air flow from the freezer to the refrigerator. You can replace it yourself, following step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace an ice maker in a side-by-side refrigerator

Learn how to replace the ice maker in a side-by-side refrigerator with these step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a dispenser core control board in a side-by-side refrigerator

If your refrigerator dispenses ice or water even when the door is open, replace the dispenser core control board—it takes less than an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a defrost heater in a side-by-side refrigerator

If frost is building up in the freezer of your side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost heater could be faulty. Follow these step-by-step instructions to replace the defrost heater.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less

Articles and videos for side-by-side refrigerators

February 24, 2021

What type of water filter is in your Electrolux refrigerator?

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Replacing the water filter in your Electrolux refrigerator is easy, no matter what type of fridge you have, following the steps in our DIY videos.

February 18, 2021

What type of water filter is in your Fisher & Paykel refrigerator?

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Need help replacing the water filter on your Fisher & Paykel refrigerator? Let us show you how.

February 10, 2021

What type of water filter is in your Bosch refrigerator?

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Let us show you how to install the different types of water filters in a Bosch refrigerator.

February 4, 2021

What type of water filter is in your GE refrigerator?

By Sears PartsDirect staff

See how to install the water filter on your GE or GE Profile refrigerator, no matter the filter type or refrigerator style.

January 28, 2021

What type of water filter is in your Frigidaire refrigerator?

By Sears PartsDirect staff

No matter what style Frigidaire refrigerator you own, we can help you replace the water filter.

January 22, 2021

What type of water filter is in your Whirlpool refrigerator?

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Need help replacing the water filter in your Whirlpool refrigerator? We’ll show you how it’s done.

December 16, 2020

How to replace remove-cup-filter-cover refrigerator filters

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Replacing a refrigerator water filter is crucial for keeping the ice and water clean and fresh-tasting. If your water filter is enclosed in a cup filter cover, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020

How to replace push-button-to-eject refrigerator water filters

By Sears PartsDirect staff

If your refrigerator has a button you push to remove the water filter, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020

How to replace eject-and-slide-out refrigerator water filters

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Replacing a refrigerator water filter is crucial for keeping the ice and water clean and fresh-tasting. If your water filter ejects and slides out, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020

How to replace pull-down refrigerator water filters

By Sears PartsDirect staff

If the water filter in your refrigerator pulls down from the filter housing, our video walks you through how to replace it.

October 27, 2020

How to replace open-tray-and-twist-out refrigerator water filters

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Watch our video to see how to replace a refrigerator water filter located in a tray you open and then twist out the filter to remove it.

October 27, 2020

How to replace an inline refrigerator water filter

By Sears PartsDirect staff

An inline water filter should be replaced every 6 months. Our videos shows how to do it.

October 27, 2020

How to replace twist-to-remove refrigerator water filters

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Watch our video to learn how to replace a water filter that you must twist to remove.

September 26, 2019

Keeping your smart appliances secure from hackers

By Lyle Weischwill

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.