1017716-1-S-GE-WR50X10068        -Defrost Thermostat
1017716-1-S-GE-WR50X10068        -Defrost Thermostat 1017716-2-S-GE-WR50X10068        -Defrost Thermostat

Defrost Thermostat

PartSelect Number PS1017716

This part acts as a safety device against over heating in case of mechanical failure.

This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Fridge section too warm.
  • Freezer section too warm.
  • Freezer not defrosting.
  • Freezer section too cold.
  • Frost buildup.
  • Fridge section too cold.
  • Refrigerator runs too long.
  • Too warm.
  • Ice maker will not make ice.
  • Water dispenser will not dispense water.
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12 of 30 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerGuy from New Palestine IN

I placed a heat gun in the freezer section to defrost the coils and did not return in time. The heat from the heat gun rose upward and melted all of the soft plastic parts. The good news was that the 16 parts were not expensive but the one main part that was needed to put it all back together took 3

I REPLACED ALL OF THE PLASTIC PARTS AS WELL AS THE HEAT COIL THAT IS MOUNTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE COILS THAT KEEPS THE COILS FROM FREEZING UP. IF I HAD NOT MELTED THE PLASTIC PARTS THE COIL COULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED IN 2 DAYS, 1 DAY TO RECEIVE THE PART AND THE NEXT TO DO THE WORK. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THIS HEATER.

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Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

CustomerAnn from Provo UT

Refrigerator kept getting warm

I am a 45 year old woman who is pretty handy but with no prior knowledge about appliance repair. I do have the attitude that if someone else can do it, so can I, which is helpful. I was able to watch a video on this website that showed me exactly how to replace one of the three parts that I replaced. It totally made it easy so that I knew what to do with the wiring. So far, my side by side is working great. I'm the champion! This repair cost me about $75. Who knows how much a repair man would have charged just to look at it.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerDONALD from LONGS SC

Freezer was freezing up cutting off cold aire to fridge side. Ice cubes became thin and clear.Freezer was constantly running compresser.

I first bypassed the thermostat by cutting wires and splicing them together. This made no difference. I then saw that the defrost heater glass looked dark and may be burnt out. I replaced thermostat and defrost heater in 15 minutes with the parts from part select that arrived in less than three days. I believe the thermostat was the problem and now freezer works great.

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerFrank from Reston VA

Heavy frosting/icing in freezer

Replaced both the Defrost Thermostat and Defrost Heating Element. The You Tube repair video clips were extremely helpful for both operations. My difficulty was getting access to the parts that needed to be replaced in a very tight side by side freezer space. Otherwise, the repair went smoothly and the refrigerator is back in normal operation in time to save the perishable food inside.

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Parts Used

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerAlbert from Fort Wayne IN

Defroster heater burned out

First I defrosted the evaporator core with a hair drier, making sure to disconnect the power before hand. I pretty much followed the directions included with the part, which by the way were excellent, and very detailed. The alternatives were call a repair man for around $300.00 plus parts or take less than a $40.00 gamble. Or even replace the refrigerator at $1400.00. It was the diagnostic portion of your website that convinced me that I had found the problem and that I could repair it myself with a minimum of effort. Needless to say I will come to this site in the future before calling a repair person. The refrigerator is working just fine now. I had my parts in three days, thank you for your attention to detail and a all around positive repair experience. George Day

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerRichard from Bradenton FL

Freezer was running warm

You guys ought to win some sort of website Emmy. I found your site as I was searching for a new motherboard, thinking this was the cause of the temperature control problem. I took the time to go through the little diagnostic process you offer and I discovered that the much less expensive defrost thermostat was more often the root cause of the problem ($8 vs $160 for the new motherboard). The part arrived within 3 days and the installation video was enormously helpful. Removal of the rear panel was more difficult than suggested on the video. I'd suggest removing the freezer light fixture before trying to remove the panel as it is nearly impossible to bend the metal panel around the light bulb bases. Anyway, the whole job cost me about $16 for parts and delivery and the fridge is running fine. The combination of the diagnostic tool and the installation video were fantastic...far beyond expectations.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyDifficult

Time to do repair:More than 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerGreg from Allen TX

Fridge not cooling, freezer not defrosting

Must have spent 10+ hours solid looking up info on the internet. Our ice maker had broken years ago, the door flap had broken years ago and I thought this was the end of a fridge after just 6 years 8 months.

GE offered a "broken appliance" warranty for $379 for one year, with no guarantee that when a technician came to look at it, the repairs would be covered by the warranty!!! No thank you, you just want me to buy a new fridge. Okay, challenge on, I'll fix it myself.

I took everything from the back of the freezer out. Spent an hour defrosting (note: use hair dryer next time). Ruled out a motherboard problem (even though it appears I have the old style motherboard), removed dust build up from fan intake. I could not get the heater to come on, so I cut off the thermostat defroster and connected the wires together. The only way to get the heater on was to set the freezer control to 0 / zero.

So, ordered part from partselect.com and it arrived the next day!!!. Installed and unit appears to be defrosting okay after a week.

So now I'm back to order the ice maker part. The door flap will wait for another time.

Note: I've put in the time for novices and recognizing how the freezer is constructed.

Time includes taking everything out of the freezer section, unscrewing everything, diagnosing problem, fixing the problem, putting everything back. I would say allow 3-4 hours and pat yourself on the back if you do it quicker.

Note#2, if you have a large build up there is a hole in the floor of the freezer section. If the water does not evaporate it will run out of the hole and into your wooden floors! Place towels both inside and outside the unit just in case!

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Parts Used

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

Customeranthony from Hampton NJ

Defrost cycle would not cycle off

Replaced Defrost Thermostat. Tricky removal of light fixture cover and evaporator cover. Light cover screw removal is not intuiitive and the eveaporator cover tabs are not easy AT ALL to remove.Once they are removed, simply 2 screw removal of rear panel.

Had to unscrew screws holding cooling coils to gain access to thermostat mounted on a coil in rear.

Simkple matter to cut wires, remove old thermostat and splice replacement back on. Found it simpler to re-mount thermostat on top coil greatly simplifying process.(Why didn't they place the original unit in this much more accesible place?)
Re-attach coils to rear wall replace rear panel, light fixture cover and evaporator cover.

Refrigerator has been running fine this past week.

Received parts NEXT DAY! FANTASTIC!

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerRobert from LAKE CHARLES LA

No water dispensing and refrigrator freezing food

Remove shelve from fridge. Removed four screws from back panel. Remove one screw that was holding the light bulb. Removed the panel (be careful with side stripping. Cut the wires from the old thermostat (leave plenty of wire to splice. Splice in the new one, use connectors, crimp, and then tape with electrical tape. To remove heater and bra, remove the screws on each side and remove the wire connected to it. Use needle nose pliers to remove. Install new one by installing wires first and then the screws.

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerMahvash from Gold Canyon AZ

Refridgerator warm, some ice buildup apparent in freezer

Find online diagram of freezer section for reference. Disconnect power, remove evap cover plate (214) by removing one of the drawer guide rails.

As evidence of your problem, you might see a giant block of ice built up around the coil. Let this defrost this before continuing.

Find THERMOSTAT DEFROST (24) sensor and clip connecting wires. Match replacement sensor wires by color. Twist and solder wires; or wire-nuts and twisting alone might be okay. If not soldering, seal the wire-nuts connections from moister with a good sizeable piece of duct tape. Make sure your wires are out of the way and not left dangling on the evap heater coil, where they could melt.

Suggest concurrent replacement of evap fan motor if this has not already been done in the past.. This become noisy with age and damage from the ice build up seems to have made mine worse.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerPatrick from Punta Gorda FL

Rear of freezer all iced up would not defrost

first removed two srews removed rear panel hair dryer to melt ice (took 30 minutes) cut two wires to thermostat spliced onto new part clipped it onto tube -done replace rear panel and 2 screws. very easy job after reading other letters and their experience -saved myself $500.00

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerJim from Blanket TX

Unit was freezing up and wouldn't defrost

Removed two small phillips head screws at lower back of unit then unplugged old element and plugged in the new one. The thermostat defroster had two wires and clipped on to the coils so I simply cut the two wires and removed the old thermostat and wired in the new one. A local appliance repairman wanted 50 dollars just to look at the unit plust 60 dollars and hour plus parts. I fixed this myself with no experience in about 15 minutes for less than 70 dollars!

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerCrystal from Fairburn GA

Freezer cold but the refrigerator was warm.

First I removed the freezer racks. Used a screwdriver to remove the two screws on the back panel and the two screws on the bottom rack holder. Then used a blow dryer to defrost the ice from the evaporator, removed the two screws for the heater and replaced with the new one. Took out the old Thermostat and spliced in the new one.

I ordered the sensor temp as well but did not install it yet because the location of this was awkward. I thought the instruction on this site was great! This was a very easy repair and so far it seems to have solved my problem.

I has only been a week but so far so good.

I will always use this site in the future. Parts and fellow stories saved a lot of money.

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

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CustomerAvanes from Nashua NH

Fridge and freezer section too warm

Replaced defrost heater as suggested in your video and the fridge now works as new. Thank you for easy delivery and excellent video.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customerlois from hesperia CA

Everything freezing in fridge

This was generally an easy fix. The work was in such a confined area of our side by side and my husbands shoulders are broad so that was a little more challenging but overall a quick, easy and cheap repair doing it ourselves without having to call a appliance repairman.

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