Defroster not working. Ice dams building up restricting cooling.

ApplianceGibson Refrigerator

ModelRT21F5

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Gregg From Milford, MA

Jun 15, 2010

13 out of 20 people found this instruction helpful

Not being sure which part it was, and having replaced the defrost timer already I changed all listed parts out. After 35 years they owed me nothing. I changed the control thermostat easily, I spliced in the defrost thermostat using the connectors and shrink wrap provided. The heater-defrosted element was a snap due to push/pull connectors.

Refrigerator is coopertone in color and matches the kitchen cabinets. oday the only viable option for a matching replacement is a subzero built in. Estimates for the cabinet work, subzero, electrician (to bring up to code) and plumber put the replacement at $12,000.

The unit is working like new with the replacement parts. I could have done more to isolate the faulty part but I think wholesale repacement was still a bargain.

I've fixed my Washing Machine and Drier with PartSelect parts and will continue to use them as my supplier.

Gregg
Massachusetts

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Cold Control Thermostat

Part Number: PS464475

$59.20
In Stock

Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS469269

$12.91
In Stock

Defrost Heater With Straps

Part Number: PS475083

$45.32
In Stock