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

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerRobert from Laredo TX

The refrigerator was not cooling. The freezer was not defrosting.

After diagnosing the problem with the aid of PartSelect.com, I was able to identify the parts that I needed to replace. Repeating the same procedure for the repair, I unplugged the refrigerator.
I transferred all the frozen food items to a cooler.
I removed the shelves from the freezer.
I removed the back panel from the freezer and located the thermostat with the aid of PartSelect.com and the exploded view of the freezer. I defrosted the freezer with a hair dryer and sucked up water using a wet-dry vacuum. I located the thermostat and removed the entire assembly to simplify the repair outside of the freezer enclosure. I removed the thermostat by cutting the two wires that hold it to the wiring harness. I then soldered the wires back in place and covered my work in heat shrink tubing.

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Parts Used

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerJohn 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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Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerDung 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 DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerGerald 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 DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

CustomerSabrina from White Plains, New York NY

Freezer was warm

The instructions were good but the installation video really helped. The refrigerator is working fine now. Thanks.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerMichael 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

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerBarry from Black Hawk SD

Defrost cycle failed, defrost heat element burned out

A few years ago, the evaporator coils in the freezer started icing up. The defrost cycle had failed. The element was still working, so I was able to manually defrost by jumping the defrost element from the board (NOT recommended). After the defrost element burned out, I was stuck with defrosting manually using a hairdryer. Given this unit does not have the old-fashioned traditional defrost timer, and since I couldn't find any good information about the electronics back then, it appeared from my research I would have to spend nearly $200.00 for a new circuit board. Recently after discovering PartSelect, I was able to diagnose the failed defrost thermostat, ordered it and the defrost heat element, received them quickly, replaced them in less than a half hour, and now my fridge is like new!! Excellent site, PartSelect!!! Also, the Ice bucket glide was a simple replacement (of a broken glide) with two screws using a nut driver. Easy fix.

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  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerKevin 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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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerGary 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 DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerWalt 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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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerRita 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 DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsWrench set

CustomerLinda 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 DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerSusan 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 DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

Customerjohn 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 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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