refridgerator was not defrosting & so was getting warm

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Theodore From San Gabriel, CA

Aug 02, 2011

8 out of 14 people found this instruction helpful

On the PartSelect website, I chose the 'refridgerator is too warm' problem choice. The site sugested replacing the sensors so I purchased them. The drain trough on the refrigerator side was leaking and it and the defrost thermostat were not too expensive so I bought them too.
Once the parts arrived I installed them. I had already disassembled the inside of the freezer. The sensors and thermostat had to be connected electrically. So I cut off the old parts and stripped their wires. (the new parts' wires were already stripped.) I then used wire nuts to connect the new wires to the old and stuffed the wire back into its compartment and installed its cover. The defrost Thermostat has to be clipped to the refrigeration line. So after attaching its wires I had to work it into its place.
I then reassembled the inside of the freezer and let it sit for an hour before turning it back on. Once it was turned on it seemed to work well, but after only 3 or 4 days the coils began freezing over again.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Sensor Grille

Part Number: PS285067

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Shunt Sensor

Part Number: PS285088

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Temperature Sensor

Part Number: PS304103

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Part Number: PS964475

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Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS1017716

In Stock