Coils freezing causing refrigerator to not cool

ApplianceHotpoint Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Screw drivers

Miguel From McKinney, TX

May 05, 2010

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If you can hold a hair drier in your hand, remove some screws, and pull 2 wires from their pin attachment, then you can do this job yourself.

The refrigerator is a side by side. The freezer part has a panel in the back secured by 2 screws.

1) removed all food items
2) removed light bulb
3) removed shelves
4) removed ground that was clipped to the panel
5) removed panel
6) removed all the ice from the coils using a hair drier. This is what took most of the time.
7) At bottom of the coils is the old defrost heater harness kit. There are 2 wired attached to it - one on each side.
8) removed 2 screws that attached defrost heater harness kit.
9) pulled out old kit to make it easier and removed attached 2 wires
10) attached the 2 wires to the new defrost heater harness kit.
11) reversed the process and put everything back together.

Doing this job myself saved me a lot of money not having to call a repair man!! Not to mention that my wife wanted to just buy a new refrigerator!! That is a lot of money saved!!.

Now I had to turn down the thermostat in the refrigerator but the stuff in there was freezing up!!

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Part Number: PS1993872

In Stock