defrost heater was shot.

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Tom From Durham, NC

Jul 31, 2011

1 out of 3 people found this instruction helpful

I started by replacing the defrost thermostat. I was wishfully thinking that would solve the problem, and I knew I would have to do it anyway (you have to remove it to test it, so, for nine bucks . . .). That was the hardest part of the job, because I am wide and the freezer is narrow. (PartSelect has a good instructional video.) A good wire stripping tool is worth the investment. My mistake (laziness) was not testing the defrost heater when I had the chance. It was shot, too. I quickly ascertained that it needed replacing (frost on the rear of the freezer; the original problem) and so I ordered one. The first one I got was defective. PartSelect over-nighted me a second one for no additional shipping. Installed it as soon as it arrived, a couple of weeks ago (it attaches very simply at the bottom of the rear of the freezer; two screws and plug-in wires). No problems since. Total cost, about $60 plus shipping. I can't even get a refrigerator repair guy to visit for less than that.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Part Number: PS303781

In Stock