Frigerator side did not cool

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Robert From Lake Elmo, MN

Nov 28, 2009

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1 Unplugged Refrigerator and removed all the freezer shelves.
2. Removed the light bulb in the back of the freezer.
3. Removed rear panel on back wall of freezer. I had to do some defrosting on the back panel due to frost build-up.
4. Defrosted cooling coils using a hair dryer. This took a considerable amount of time due to frost build-up. Also, there was a considerable amount of water run off due to melting. I plugged the drain, and used towels and a bucket to soak up the water.
5. Removed the old element located at the bottom of the cooling coils and removed the wires from each end.. At that time, I also notice when the directions referred to "right" and "left", the point of reference was from looking out of the unit (not facing the unit).
6. Reroute the pink wire on the left side to the right side of the freezer coil. The defrost heater element I removed was a single heating element and the element I purchased was a double heating element. I then attached the blue and pink wires to the right side of the heating unit. (The pink wire was sufficiently long to reach the element. I did not need to splice an extension into it). The yellow "jump" wire was on the left side of the heating unit.
7. Attached the new heater to the freezer coil framing with the two screws.
8. Reinstalled the back freezer panel.
9. Reinstalled the freezer shelves.
10. I plugged in the unit to restart the refrigerator.

The defrosting took a considerage amount of time. Otherwise would have taken about 30-45 minutes.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Part Number: PS1993872

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