defrost heater not heating due to bad contact

ApplianceFrigidaire Refrigerator

ModelFRT18HB5JW0

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Mark From Columbia, MO

Dec 12, 2013

I removed the back panel of the freezer using a nutdriver and located the defrost heater under the evaporator. It is strapped to the evaporator with aluminum straps that could not be undone without removing the evaporator (which would involve recharging the system and I have no tools to do that). I cut the straps with a nipper near where they were folded over each other (toward the bottom), and removed them. Fortunately there is a lot of extra strap, so I was able to remove the eye of the strap and reuse them. I removed the old element and installed the new, and wrapped the removed straps around the heater and evaporator where they were before, and plugged the element in. I did this on an old Kenmore refrigerator before also, and it had spring clips for the heater so you didn't have to cut anything. However, reusing the straps as I did resulted in the heater being adequately supported.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

HEATER-DEFROST

Part Number: PS2331363

$35.96
In Stock