Freezer frost build up on back wall, Freezer does freeze and fridge loses cool

ApplianceGeneral Electric Freezer


Level of DifficultyDifficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

hongsheng From palm harbor, FL

Feb 28, 2012

After I googled the problem, I came across parts select.The video instruction by Steve is great and it gave me the confidence to try to DIY. I ordered the parts (Defrost thermostat and heater) and they came in 2 days. I melted the frost buildup with hair dryer, then take the back panel off, exposing the coils completely frozen up. After melting the ice off the thermostat, I found that the thermostat top has seperated from the bottom base and needs replacement. I removed the thermostat, cut the 2 wires, then connected the new parts to the two wires (color coded) with wire nuts I bought from Homedepot (with silicon). The space was tight in the freezer and it was difficult to work around. I replaced the heater just because I could get to it very easily. Overall, it was a job with mid level difficult because you have to be an electric-proficient person.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS1017716

In Stock

Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Part Number: PS1993872

In Stock