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1017716-1-S-GE-WR50X10068        -Defrost Thermostat
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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 too warm.
  • Freezer section too warm.
  • Freezer not defrosting.
  • Freezer too cold.
  • Frost buildup.
  • 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:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Rafael from New Haven, CT

Ice on the frezer compartment

turn off the refrigerator,then open the cover and saw lot of ice. then get a hair dryer blower and blow a heat to melt the ice. cut the thermostat defrost.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Mahvash 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 Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Patrick 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Jim 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Crystal 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools:
Customer: Avanes 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:
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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