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

PartSelect Number PS1017716

This defrost termination thermostat acts as a safety device to stop the evaporator coil from overheating, by turning off the defrost heater at the end of the defrost cycle. The thermostat measures the temperature in your freezer to ensure that it stays at an optimum temperature to keep your frozen food from thawing. Some common symptoms linked to a faulty defrost termination thermostat include: the freezer is not defrosting, is too cold/too warm, or there is a frost build up in the freezer. Before you decide to replace this part, ensure that there is no frost build up in your freezer; as a build up can interfere with the thermostat reading.

This part works with the following brands: General Electric, Hotpoint.

This part works with the following products: Refrigerator.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Fridge too warm.
  • Freezer section too warm.
  • Freezer not defrosting.
  • Frost buildup.
  • Freezer too cold.
  • Too warm.
  • Fridge too cold.
  • Fridge runs too long.
  • Fridge and Freezer are too warm.
  • Ice maker not making ice.
  • Not dispensing water.
  • Will Not Start.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: John from Baytown, TX

Refrigerator not cooling well

Had this problem on a previously owned GE side by side and paid a repairman $250 to fix it. When it happened to the 2 year old one in our new house, I decided to save some $.

Pull 2 screws on the sheet metal cover in the back of the freezer and remove it. Place a towel in the bottom of the freezer to absorb the water and defrost the coil with a hair drier. Remove the 2 screws holding the defroster to its bracket and unplug the wires. I had to re-route the left wire down the right side since the replacement unit had 2 elements instead of the one on the unit that went bad. Changed out the thermostat since I was in there anyhow; just unclip it from the refrigerant line, cut and splice the orange and pink wires (you'll need 2 butt splice crimps and a crimper tool). Stick it back together and you're done.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Dung from Austin, TX

Defrost not completely working

Unplugging the fridge.
First, i unloaded the freezer to access the back panel. Remove the shelving and light bulb. Next, i unscrewed 4 screws to remove the back panel. Then, I cut the wires to the defrost thermostat and spliced in the new thermostat. To replace the heater, unscrewed 2 screws but only used 1 screw to attach the new heater because it was shorter than the original.

Hopefully, this works. I'm unsure because the old components seemed to work when testing them with a multimeter outside of the freezer.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Gerald from San Clemente, CA

Fridge too warm, evaporator icing up

Replaced these parts and didn't fix the problem. Had to replace the temperature sensor. The fix could have been a $10 rather than $160, but I didn't know how to test the components individually. But it is fixed now!

The board and heater plug right in. For the Defrost Thermostat (or thermistor?) I had to cut 2 wires, crimp the new wires to the old ones and seal up. Then attach to evaporator. Thanks for the help this site provided.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Michael from Tucson, AZ

Refrigerator section not cooling

Followed the youtube instructions on the website. By the way, the first symptom was water dispenser stopped working. Then notices there was frost on the rear wall of the freezer. Sure sign that the defrost heater has failed.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Kevin from Monroe, WA

Refrigerator hot, freezer normal

Refrigerator was showing actual temperature of 80 deg, freezer was about 3 deg high. (house temp was 65 at the time) Defrost heater seemed like the only component able to heat that much, so the defrost thermostat seemed like the likely culprit. I followed the installation directions in the video, and the fridge has been fine ever since.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Gary from Yuma, AZ

Refrigerator freezer would ice up on coils and quit cooling

Followed the instructions provided with the parts.. I only had to empty the freezer to access the back panel to make the repairs.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Walt from Freeport, FL

The freezer would freez up and stopp cooloing the entire unit

I took the ice maker out then the panels that closes in the evaporator coil. Disconnected the defrost censer and tested it with an ice bath. The censer did not close the circuit. So it's bad. I got the parts .(Very fast I might add. The PartSelect team did a great job of getting it to me). I the stripped the wires and spliced the like colors back together and tested the censer again with an ice bath. It closed this time. I started the frig and have not heard anything from the client. In this case "No news is good news". Thanks PartSelect

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Rita from Murdo, SD

Frost building up in back of freezer

My husband and I simply watched the videos on your web site and followed the instructions. Piece of cake! We ordered the recommended parts from your "describe the problem" list. What a wonderful web site you have, and so glad that we found it. Will definitely revisit should we need to fix anything else. My freezer is good as new! Thank you!

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Wrench set
Customer: Linda from Montrose, CO

Fridge kept getting warmer and frost started building up in freezer

I ordered the part but my husband had to work out of town for a week. The fridge kept getting warmer, so when the part came I just watched the video on the internet, (bit the bullet) and did the repair just as I saw it done on the video. It was simple and exactly the same as the video. It took a little longer for me because there was a lot of ice built up on the coils, so I used my hair dryer to melt the ice. My refridgerator is working great now.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Susan from Sea Cliff, NY

The freezer temperature was increasing.

i took out back frame and cleared off the ice on the metal condenser. I cut wires from old thermostat and removed it. Stripped new wires and attached to the wires in the frig. We taped it with electrical tape and put it back and closed it up. it works beautifully! We watched a video on youtube and that helped a great deal!

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: john from manistique, MI

Loud noise

Watched the video, and boy was that a big help. This company has all the right way to help a novice like me............ thanks a million. p.s. I will deal with you from now on. Saved about $250 in labor and a service call.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Randall 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Kimberly 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 Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Scott 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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Parts Used:
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Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: jerome 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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