The refrigerator was not cooling. The freezer was not defrosting.

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Robert From Laredo, TX

Mar 13, 2010

2 out of 4 people found this instruction helpful

After diagnosing the problem with the aid of, I was able to identify the parts that I needed to replace. Repeating the same procedure for the repair, I unplugged the refrigerator.
I transferred all the frozen food items to a cooler.
I removed the shelves from the freezer.
I removed the back panel from the freezer and located the thermostat with the aid of and the exploded view of the freezer. I defrosted the freezer with a hair dryer and sucked up water using a wet-dry vacuum. I located the thermostat and removed the entire assembly to simplify the repair outside of the freezer enclosure. I removed the thermostat by cutting the two wires that hold it to the wiring harness. I then soldered the wires back in place and covered my work in heat shrink tubing.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS1017716

In Stock

Pan Cover Glass

Part Number: PS1483448

In Stock