I have received another email from GE. No, I will not be getting a new refrigerator, but they have offered to reimburse me for the cost of the part.
Interestingly, all of my correspondence with them has been from their Social Media Team. All of my talking to various GE “consumer advocates” via telephone didn’t produce much in the way of results. However, when I published my concerns for all the world to read (well, maybe not quite; I only have a little over 100 followers), somebody took notice.
Guess that’s a testament to blogging.