Fridge too warm

ApplianceHotpoint Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

David From Owings Mills, MD

May 18, 2014

The lady of the house was happy. Started shopping for a new fridge. Went on line and found this site with U-Tube video on how to replace the defrost timer. Armed with this newly found knowledge I purchased one from a local vendor for $ 40. Parts Select had it listed for $26. The lady of the house had her doubts and a new unit all picked out so I had to move quick. I removed the rear cover in the freezer section. Put down a couple towels and defrosted the evaporator coils and installed the new defroster timer. Tested the old defrost timer and confirmed it was bad. After 24 hrs the temperatures were good. Still the lady of the house was still shopping. To prove to her I am a refrigerator repairman I pulled the the back cover off the freezer section off again to show her what an expert I am. Dang if it wasn't frozen up again. Checked the defrost heater for continuity and found it to be faulty as well.. Defrosted coils again and ordered new defrost heater from parts select for $68. Local vendor wanted over $120 and it wasn't in stock. Got part delivered regular shipping in less then 72 hrs. By now I am a pro at taking off back cover and defrosting coils. Replaced defrost heater in less then 10 min. Put unit back in service. A week later removed back cover and inspected. All is well. The lady of the house is looking at vacations now instead. I highly suggest this site to save a ton of money. A volt meter helps a lot when it comes to trouble shooting these issues. Bottom line Parts Select saved the day not mention a few cases of beer!

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Defrost Heater with Thermostat

Part Number: PS303933

In Stock