Ice Maker was not working, freezer not staying cold enough, refrigerator not staying cold, lots of ice build up on the cooling fins in the freezer and the refrigerator and the compressor was always running.

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers
Socket set

Paul From El Dorado Hills, CA

Jun 04, 2012

First of all, I was very surprised when the parts arrived the very ext day. Before removing anything, I had to defrost the refrigerator and freezer with hot water which took the most time. Removing the Defrost Thermostat was the hardest part due to its self locking mechanism and its tight location. Installation of the new one was a snap. Removal and installation of the Defrost Heater Harness was very easy. Instructions were simple and easy to follow. Now my refrigerator and freezer both work great.

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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