Refrigerator fresh food side warm, freezer frosted over

ApplianceAdmiral Refrigerator

ModelRSWA278AAE

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Ernest From Shelby, MI

Jul 28, 2007

18 out of 21 people found this instruction helpful

First did the easy part, removed and replaced the defrost timer. Didn't correct the problem.

Then got into the defrost heaters. Big job, because the factory didn't provide for repairs. Had to remove the ice maker because there was one screw holding on the cover panel behind it. The factory installed defrost heaters were run behind the freezer coils so I had to cut them out. Then I had to bend the light aluminum sides with heavy pliers to slip the burned out defrost heaters out and replace them with the new defrost heaters. Didn't use the defrost timer, because I was taking it one step at a time.

Now the refrigerator fresh food side maintains 39 degrees and runs 1/10 the time it was running. My wife says it's better than new! Saved $ 2,400 (the replacement she had picked out).

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Refrigerator Defrost Heater Kit (Now subbed to Refrigerator Defrost Heater Kit)

Part Number: PS2057774

$39.25
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