Deforst heater failed and refridgerator/freezer stopping cooling properly due to total ice build-up on cooling coil in freezer side.

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Keith From Osceola, IN

Aug 17, 2011

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Defrosted entire freezer coil with two of wife's hair dryers at the same time (about 30 minutes). Replacement of defrost heater was another 30 minutes to complete the reaplcement with the kit supplied and close up the inside rear panel. Word of caution is the clean-up outside the refridgerator took longer (45-60 minutes more) to clean under the fridge with vacuum and soak up water from the melted ice. Next time will devise a way to capture the water from melted ice and save on clean up time. Vacuuming was just a bonus during clean-up under the fridge. Kit supplied worked well despite water clean up. By the way this has happened before twice and the fix is always the same: new "defrost heater" Although this time I ordered a double coil unit to replace the single coil unit. According to website, dual coil provides better defrost cycle. My thoughts are also if one coil goes out again, I can convert the dual coil to work as a single in an emergency!

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Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Part Number: PS1993872

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