refrigerator not cooling well

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

John From Baytown, TX

Sep 19, 2009

1 out of 3 people found this instruction helpful

Had this problem on a previously owned GE side by side and paid a repairman $250 to fix it. When it happened to the 2 year old one in our new house, I decided to save some $.

Pull 2 screws on the sheet metal cover in the back of the freezer and remove it. Place a towel in the bottom of the freezer to absorb the water and defrost the coil with a hair drier. Remove the 2 screws holding the defroster to its bracket and unplug the wires. I had to re-route the left wire down the right side since the replacement unit had 2 elements instead of the one on the unit that went bad. Changed out the thermostat since I was in there anyhow; just unclip it from the refrigerant line, cut and splice the orange and pink wires (you'll need 2 butt splice crimps and a crimper tool). Stick it back together and you're done.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS1017716

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Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Part Number: PS1993872

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