Fridge side not getting cold, coils icing over

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Joseph From Doylestown, PA

Jun 04, 2012

Wasn't sure if my problem was the thermostat or defrost heater, so I just replaced both. 1) Unplug fridge. 2) Remove shelves, guides, and the back cover as needed to access the coils. 3) Defrost coils - a hairdryer works well. 4) Remove and replace heater assembly - it's just 2 screws at the bottom of the coil assembly. 5) Cut wires to the thermostat that is clipped to top of coils. 6) Connect new thermostat with wire nuts and wrap nuts with electrical tape. 7) Clip thermostat back onto coils. 8) Put it all back together. After I removed my heater assembly I took it apart and found that the heater element was broken and looked pretty burned out. Easy fix and a lot cheaper than paying for a service call.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Part Number: PS303781

In Stock

Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS1017716

In Stock