Defrost Unit (Heater Element) in Freezer - Burnt out 2nd time

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Tony From Las Angelas, CA

Jun 27, 2012

The repair was simple, thanks to PartSelect guiding me to get the right part ordered. But I'll get back to that later. First I unplugged the fridge... The hard part was getting the food out of the freezer as there was a lot of ice because of frozen condensation. Once the freezer was empty I removed the back panel with 4 screws and exposed the burnt out Defrost Unit (heater element). Before touching anything, I had to pour and spray warm water to melt the ice so I can access the screws to take them out and remove the broken part. After that it was easy, I replaced the unit attached the colored wires same as they were, waited a little while for the Frost to melt away, and reinstalled the cover panel with screws. I pushed back the fridge to its location and plugged it back in wall. 20 minutes later the fridge is operational and all is well. The whole thing cost me no more than $34. The first time this unit broke, I called GE to report the problem; they sent a technician to replace it; I spent over $400 for the same repair and more than a week without a ridge. PartSelect is a very efficient and successful operation, I will use them from now on, and their website is easy to maneuver around, precise on parts, explicit in schematics and the agents are friendly; GE is lucky to have them around for the consumers to repair their failed GE Appliances. Thank you, Tony -

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Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Part Number: PS1993872

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