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GSS20IETAWW General Electric Refrigerator - Instructions

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heater went bad

  • Customer: Berkeley from Moorefield WV
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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installed new heater and harness

Stuck in defrost mode.

  • Customer: Russell from Federalsburg MD
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Unplugged unit and then removed back panel inside refrigerator. used hair dryer and wet vac to defrost the cooling coils. removed defective defrost heater. rerouted blue wire from left side of panel to right side of panel. installed new heater. replaced panel and turned unit back on. has been running good for a week now. Easy repair. if i can do it anyone can.

A Fairly Easy Fix But....

  • Customer: Kenneth from Pie Town NM
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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I had to replace the defroster heater harness on my 9 year old GE. I watched a repairman do it about 3 years ago so I knew what the problem was, what part I needed and how to replace it. It's not rocket science but you need to let the refridgerator completly deforst for about 2 days before you replace the part. This is on a side-by-side and the part is at the back of the freezer compartment. There is not much room to work and most of the screws are close to the side wall. A flexable extension for the screwdriver was handy. It halped to have a screwdriver that holds the screws while you get them started as well. The "but" is this refridgerator is only 9 years old an on it's third defrost unit. I an not apt to buy GE appliances in the future.

refrigarator was to warm and ice formed on ciol.

  • Customer: EUGENE from KENTWOOD LA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver
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first i had to defrost the coil. i did this the day i knew that the parts would be here. when parts arived i removed the shelves from freezer section. then removed light cover and bulb. i then had to remove the two screws holding the back panel of the freezer,removed panel.repaced the defrost thermostat by cutting the wire on the old one and splicing themto the new one. removed the two srews holding the defrost heater remove wires from old heater. placed wires on the new heater screwed back to coil replaced back panel and shelves. the only thing is that it is a tight spot to work in.

Freezer too warm, back wall frosting over

  • Customer: paul from pearland TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
I am a pretty handy guy. The instructions and video provided by part select really helped my confidence level when I performed the repair. It only took about 30 min to replace the part. Everyone else was telling me to replace the refrigerator ($1500-$2500) but replacing the heater only cost $40 and it went back to working perfectly.

Not freezing

  • Customer: Curt from Selma NC
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Removed all food and shelves from freezer size of side by side. Removed panel at the back of the freezer area. Coils were covered in ice. Melted ice with hot water sprayer. Removed the old defrost heater. Rerouted wire from left side to the right side for connection to new type / improved dual heater element defrost heater. In the past 14 years, I have replaced the old type single element heater three times. I hope this new dual element heater will not burn out as the old type did..............the most time is spent melting the ice build-up from the coils.

Freezer to warm

  • Customer: Wallis from Depoe Bay OR
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
This is the second heater that had to be installed in this unit. Sears repair did the first one at a cost of $200 plus. I called them for the second repair and they wanted $194 labor plus parts. The instructions that you furnished made a approx 20 minute job after defrosting the coils. The parts purchased from partselect cost $32 That is quite a saving.s

Fridge & Freezer started getting warmer

  • Customer: Michael from Washington Twp MI
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Socket set
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First I replaced the Defrost Thermostat. I unplugged the unit and removed the back panel from inside the freezer. Then I placed a portable heater near the freezer w/ the door open to melt the ice build up. After all the ice melted, I was able to replace the defrost thermostat per the video on your website. It took less than 15 minutes to do this repair. The Fridge and Freezer temperatures got better instantly. This worked for about 2 months, then the same symptoms started occurring again. This required all the same step above except this time I replaced the Defrost Heater Kit. So far it's working great...I'm glad I didn't send the defrost heater kit back after the first repair. A Repairman wanted to charge me $350.00 to fix the issue. I replaced 2 parts in less than 30 minutes for less than $50.00 including shipping. The videos for repair on this website were easy to follow! Thanks!

did not defrost

  • Customer: Barbara from PAUPACK PA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
very fast i am a jack of all trades , mike

defrost heater did not work

  • Customer: Sandra L from Watertown NY
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
I watched the video for the repair on your site. Nothing could have been more helpful, it made the repair go so easy anyone with just a little bit of ability could have accomplished it. I couldn't have been more pleased.

was not defrosting-->froze up-->stopped cooling

  • Customer: KAYRI from THOMASTON AL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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He took the panel off the back wall of the freezer on the inside and replaced the part. It took a total of less than 15 minutes. It was fairly simple, and I hope to not have anymore problems for many more years.

Refrigerator side got hot after 1 week

  • Customer: Joshua from Silver Lake IN
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Honestly I watched the video once,ordered my part, and it came exactly as described. I needed no other tools or parts to install this. Followed the video they have on Youtube, and was back running in less than 10 minutes. Waited the week for it to defrost again, ALAS!! A perfectly good unit is working again. Thanks Partselect!!

Refrigerator & Freezer to warm,frost on back panel in freezer

  • Customer: STEVEN from SANTA FE NM
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Replaced Defrost Heater Harness.Very Easy.

Refrigerator section was not cooling

  • Customer: Fiona from Miami FL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Just follow the video at PartSelect. Very accurate indeed!

Side by side refrigerator - the coils behind the freezer shield were freezing up with ice accumulating on them; the droster heater was not working; this also caused the freezer and refrigerator temperatures to rise and not keep the food frozen

  • Customer: Roanna from Davenport FL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Repair was easy; Instructions: WATHC THE VIDEO; the parts select video was very accurate; I watched the video three times to make sure I was not missing anything and to compare the pix to my unit inner workings - pretty much the same; I had a single bulb unit and replaced it with a double bulb unit. My blue wire running along the left side was long enough to reach the unit on the right side so I did not to do any splicing. So far so good - 4 days running. I am an amateur and have never done anything like this at all...so if I could do this, anyone can! Good Luck!
All Instructions for the GSS20IETAWW
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