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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Parts Used

  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerRandall from Stone Mountain GA

Freezer and fridge barley cold

I took off the back panel in the freezer. Located the wires going to the old thermostat, cut them with wire cutters. I then spliced the matching wires together and attached the part to the coil tube (There is a little clip on the part, be sure to do this because I forgot and had to go back and do this again!!!).

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerDAVID from TYLER TX

Replace defrost heater

INSTRUCTIONS WERE SIMPLE AND EASY AND THE REPAIR WENT WELL. THE BEST PART ABOUT YOUR SERVICE IS THE TROUBLESHOOTING. SEARCHED FOR THE SYMPTOMS AND FOUND THE PARTS. ORDERED THEM AND INSTALLED.FIXED THE PROBLEM JUST LIKE YOU SAID IT WOULD. THANKS

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerKimberly from Mc Kenney VA

Fridge side warm, frost collecting on evaporator cover of freezer, ice not completely frozen

I watched the how-to videos on replacing the defrost heater harness and the defrost themostat. I followed the videos step-by-step....

First, I unplugged the fridge the night before so it would completely defrost. I removed the cover in the back of the freezer with a nutdriver (I removed the lightbulb which made it easier). I first replaced the defrost thermostat by cutting the wire and splicing the new thermostat in.

Then I replaced the heater harness by removing the old one. I followed the directions in the kit. It was also a simple repair, and I did not end up having to splice any wires.

I am a stay-at-home mother of 3 children under the age of 5. I was able to perform this repair in less than 30 minutes (all while wrangling the kids) and with no prior expierience at cutting/splicing wires.

Thanks to partselect.com, I was able to repair my fridge in what it would take to have someone run a diagnostic test on it. I bought the heater harness kit, defrost thermostat, and a temperature sensor (which I did not use, but will keep for the future) and had them overnighted for $76. Not too shabby!!!

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerScott from Greenbelt MD

Defrost problem

I replaced the thermostat. I simply followed the insructions in the video on your website and it was done in about 5-10 minutes.

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver

Customerjerome from Knoxville TN

Frost buildup causing freezer to warm up

Unplug the refrigerator. Pull all shelves out of the freezer. Remove light bulb shield and light bulb. Remove the two hex head screws on either side of the light bulb. Wiggle out the back wall. It is a tight sqeeze, but can be done. Locate the sensor on the top of the coils. It is held on by a simple clip. Wiggle the sensor and twist a little to take it off. Take wire cutters and cut the two wires into the sensor near the sensor to allow lots of room to splice in the new sensor. Strip about a quarter inch of wires left in the freezer. Use some sort of wire connectors, like twist caps, which will allow you to connect the two wires to the new sensor. Make sure to match the colors. I used shrink tube and line connectors. Once you have the new wires spliced together and protected with either shrink tube or electrical tape, tuck the excess wire out of the way and attach the new sensor. This is easily done by slight pressure on the sensor with the tube in between the clip and sensor. Make sure the wires are tuck out of the way and reassemble the freezer panel, light bulb, and shelves in the reverse order.

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerNeri from Spring Valley NY

Evap ice up and not making ice

I take the cover off the Evap. then used a hand held blow dryer to melt the ice on the Evap. removed the Defrost heater, Tested it , It was shot, put thenew one in and it is workng fine. ( Dont forget I unpluged the Refrigerator befor I do any thing else)

I must say your service is Unbelivable fast. Keep up the good work and you are #1.

Thank You.
Neri

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerRanda from Burkesville KY

Defrost heater burned out

My husband , Junior replaced the defrost heater and the defrost heater thermostat in abot 20 minutes .

He said it was really esay , and that the parts from Parts Select fit perfectly .

So from now own we will order all our parts from Parts Select .

THANKS TO ALL AT YOUR COMPANY , YOUR THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers

CustomerDavid from Elkton KY

Freezer running warm. Freezes up.

I followed the instructional video. It was right on the money for accuracy in terms of part location and method of replacement.

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerScott from Dana Point CA

Ice melting occasionally, fridge too warm

I watched the online video on how to replace a defrost limiter. It was almost exactly like my situation and made the job seem familiar. It was inexpensive ($8 part)and easy to do.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerWilliam from Jacksonville FL

Freezer icing up - refridg too warm

I viewed the online video, which really is helpful.

Most of my "repair" time was defrosting the freezer coils (about 1 hour).

After removing the freezer shelves and access cover the thermostate and heater were in plain sight.

The heater is held in place with two phillips head screws and two wires that unplug (one on either side of heater).

The other tools came into play when removing and replacing the thermostate. Cut the two wires and strip for wire nuts, same with new thermostate. Wires color coded. I use electrical tape after appling wire nuts to seal the nuts.

I ordered a timer but found out, after research, that my model has the timer interagrated on the motherboard (main electrical board) (like in a home computer). So I returned the time for refund.

Super fast delivery of ordered parts. I ordered one evening, they arrived the next day.

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerSandra from Ridgeland MS

Coils in freezer icing, running constantly, stopped cooling in frig side

Simply detached two screws from defrost heater & bracket assembly, pulled out plugs at each end, and plugged in new part, reattached screws.

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Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerJohn from Ventura CA

Loud noise and freezer side was melting and fridge side was freezing

I started by un-plugging the power cord. Then I removed the back panel and swapped the boards. Then I had to remove everything from the freezer side to get access to the evaporator fan motor and the defrost thermostat.
All things considered I saved a lot of money by doing the repair myself. I'm so glad I found partselect.com

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customerjeffery from chicago IL

Fridge side not cooling

first off I did not use the thermostat that is still fine. I replaced the defrost heater by removing the old one and the new one came with retrofit instructions as the new one has 2 coils instead of one so I had to move one of the wires that connect to it. It was very easy to do I just had to gently pull out the wire on the left and move it over to the right side so both wires were on the right. Then use the tape and neatly bundle them together and reattach to the foam pieces they were stuck in. Really anyone who can use a screwdriver can do this and the cost was the same as what just a service call from sears would have been.

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver

Customerrichard from cleburne TX

Warm, refrigerator/freezer,frozen up

verify the heating element was o.k., found the top of the thermostat popped off,it had water in it,probably froze and came apart,cut the wires to the old thermostat and splice the new ones together,put the cover back on and verify operation

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

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CustomerJeffrey from South Fork PA

Fridge wouldn't cool

3 weeks After changing the defrost heater, i had to change the thermostat, part was suppose to come with wire connectors and everything needed, it didn't. Cut two wires to old thermostst, strip about a 1/4 inch of insulation and crimp new wires on part together. cover with heat shrink and heat with lighter until sealed.

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