Freezer would have ice blockage and eventually both sides would quit cooling. Starting with the refriidgerator side then the freezer side temp would eventually begin to rise all over the course of 2 to 3 days.

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Russ From Bella Vista, AR

Oct 11, 2011

5 out of 6 people found this instruction helpful

Unplugged the refrigerator and removed inside back panel from the freezer compartment and left doors open to allow all ice to thaw. I chose not to use a hair dryer and speed up the process as this could possibly cause more damage if not done with caution. After all ice was melted i took both screws from heat element assembly and followed the simple instructions that came with the new part. Since meters an i dont really work well together and since defrost thermostat and temp sensor were so inexpensive. I opted to purchase those as well in my initial order. They were as simple to replace as a lightbulb. Unscrew the wire nuts from existing sensors and screw wire nuts back on to the new sensors. Buy purchasing all three items at once i felt it just ensured the fiz was complete and the unit has been operating for 7 days like new. One thing i would pass on. If it is the heating element that is burned out, the glass tuve on mine was very black and charred looking. Also when you take it out of the assembly the element was actually in two pieces. Did something cause the element to stay on until it burned out or just old age i dont know. Again, for less than 20 bucks i purchased the additional parts that would seem most obvious to replace and i would recommebd the same. Part select saved us a lot of money not only in parts but in allowing someone with no considerable knowledge in this areato make repairs without hiring an expensive repairman.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Temperature Sensor

Part Number: PS304103

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Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS1017716

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Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Part Number: PS1993872

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