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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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Average Repair Rating: 3.4 / 5.0, 87 reviews What's this?
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0 of 1 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools:
Customer: Jeffrey 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Bruce from Gig Harbor, WA

My freeze was frosting up every 3 days

I first got a tester and ran a test on the defrost heater and thermo stat. Then I order the parts for part select. I received the parts from them and then I read the instructions and repaired the freezer they worked great and it was pretty easy for me to do it.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Paul from New Milford, PA

Loss of cooling - ice build-up on condenser coils

Very good instructions have already been posted on here from other users. Although the defect was the defrost heater, while I was there and for peace of mind I replaced the thermistor as well.
The new defrost heater kit comes with a revised element which contains necessary extension wire and detailed instructions on how to install. Tried to get my wife to do the job, but she wasn't interested. :)

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: chad from Batesville, AR

Wasent defrosting

Verry simple longest part was defrosting.If replacing the timer u need new wire connectors no included.The element was a single bulb the replacement was duel makes no diff just move the wire over easy as can be.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: james from pikeville, NC

Coils froze because heater failed

I removed about 4 screws on freezer side and took back panel out to expose heater element. I then took 2 screws out and unpluged old heater and installed new one. I changed thermostat because i wanted to make sure. That only required soldering 2 wires after cutting old one off. Very simple fix.

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2 of 8 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
Customer: Yvette from Millersville, PA

The two door refrigerator was no longer getting cold enough but frost was displayed in the freezer.

The repair was easy using the step by step videos available through Partselect. Thank you!

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0 of 2 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: larry from pensacola, FL

Partworkfine

icemakernotworkingandwaterfortheicemaernotworking

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: More than 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Craig from Sumter, SC

Freezer icing up, freezer and refrig wouldn't keep cold

Most time consuming part of repair was allowing time for coils to thaw. Hardest part was getting my big hands into the space. Other than that, I unplugged the refrigerator, then removed the cover to the freezer coils, let thaw, located faulty defrost thermostat, removed faulty thermostat from top freezer feeder coil/tube, snipped wires to faulty thermostat, spliced new thermostat into existing wires, capped the wires and electrical taped, replaced new thermostat back onto top freezer coil/tube. Removed screws on old defrost heater harness (i.e., I had a single element and my replacement was a dual element). Dressed left heater wire over and down the right side of the freezer coils being really careful not to damage the wire or coils. Plugged both wires into the right side of the defrost heater (the left side of the dual element heater has a jumper cable). Screwed back in the new defrost heater. Ensured all cables were clear and replaced cover to freezer coils making sure all my screws went back where they belonged. Easy repair and my refrigerator is presently running great. Part select probably saved me $200 in labor by assiting me to do it myself. Will definitely be a Part select return customer next time.

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1 of 5 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Salvatore from Monroe Township, NJ

Freezer staying in defrost mode for too long.

My Ge top freezer fefrigerator was going into defrost mode and the heater was staying on for too long causing the food to thaw and eventually refreeze. Originally thought it was the mother board but after researching and do some troubleshooting of my own I realized the defrost terminating thermostat was bad. $8 part from Parts Select. Accessed the evaporator by removing back wall plate. Located thermostat and cut two lead wires to it. Spliced in new thermostat and reattached to eveaporator. Refrigerator seems to be good as new. There is an installation video on the web page that shows you step by step proceedure.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: DAVID 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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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: bryan from charlotte, NC

Freezer warming up

All the rest of everyone's post are all what I did. The only other thing I recommend is to put the back panel over the evaporator coils when your done. I replaced defrost thermostat, and heater. Once I initially completed it it kept icing over more than usual. You have to put the back panel back on so airflow goes over the coils.

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0 of 3 people found this instruction helpful

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

Refrigerator stopped getting cold.

I defrosted the evaporator coils (solid block of ice) with hot air, then installed the new defrost thermostat.

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