Freezer would not auto defrost. Food side would be warm.

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Screw drivers
Socket set

Sarah From Burton, MI

Jun 09, 2011

7 out of 9 people found this instruction helpful

Your customer installation comments were very helpful. After unplugging the unit, I took out all the freezer shelfs and the back panel (4 screws). I hadn't realized the coils were also covered in solid ice. It took awhile to defrost with a hair dryer, and I needed to use more than one towel to soak up the melting ice. Locating and splicing in the new thermostat was very easy. I used "cold weather" electrical tape to splice the wires back together. After reassembling the back panel and shelfs, I snapped in a new light shield that had been broken for awhile. It's been over a week now, and I do not see any problems. Overall, it was a easy fix. Just took a little time to defrost the coils.


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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Freezer Light Shield

Part Number: PS293381

In Stock

Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS303471

In Stock