Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance1 - 4 years
First I looked at the Partselect schematic to discover what I was dealing with.
There were only three parts that could have failed, the timer, thermostat or the defrost heater.
I unplugged the fridge. Removed and tested the defrost timer from within the refridgerator (inside top, two screws). Defrost timer snaps in, really simple. It worked, Search the web to a video on testing the defrost timer. It's there and good, really simple. I got a $1.00 tester from the dollar store and it did the trick.
Next test was on thermostat, so I had to remove the ice maker, one screw and the back panel of the freezer 4 screws. It was full of ice. I allowed the ice to melt and located the thermostat and defrost heater. The defrost heater is behind the cooling element, lower rear, it sits in two clips, one on each end. It is a glass tube with wire coiled inside and a simple plug on each end,
I tested the thermostat and it seemed fine so I lifted the element up and out, unplugged it, installed the new one (Be careful not to touch glass with bare fingers this will cause a hot spot on the glass from your finger print and damage the part, clean it with rubbing alcohol to remove your oils off of the glass, let dry), plugged it in, rescrewed the back, put the ice maker back, watch that the water supply hose does not kink, plug in icemaker, plugged the refridgerator back in and wala it worked.
Thanks PartSelect. Your part fit perfectly, your schematic was perfect and you saved me $245.00 on this repair. That was the price each company quoted me for the repair. The part was only $45 from this site. Fantastic.