This was a side-by-side unit. The symptom was: ice in bottom of freezer; vent tube to evaporator tray blocked by ice; dispenser ice melting together; ice cream much too cold; and defrost and freezing cycle too long.

ApplianceKitchenAid Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Robert From Weymouth, MA

Dec 23, 2010

All food and drawers were removed from the freezer, including ice tray. The left side shelf brackets were removed to ease removal of the back panels which expose the the bi-metal defrost thermostat. Six screws to remove the large back panel, plus the shelf support rails needed to be loosened to remove the smaller upper panel.
The bi-metal thermostat is mechanically clipped to the upmost coil of the condenser. the two wires must be cut and wires for the new thermostat spliced in. The wires were tinned with solder to insure a good connection, then twisted and crimped with an automotive end connector. With the smaller 22.8 cu.ft. refrigerator a lot of the work will have to be performed with one hand. The hardest problem here is diagnosing the malfunction correctly in the beginning. I was impressed that the replacement part was received in two days ...

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Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat (Now subbed to Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat)

Part Number: PS2376801

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