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

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PartSelect Number PS1017716
Manufacturer Part Number WR50X10068
Manufactured by GE

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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Question:

My fridge is maxed out on settings and will not get cold. The freezer seems to be in good condition though. What could be causing only my fridge to stay warm? Where should is tart looking/what am I looking for?

Tania
Answer:

Hi Tania, we recommend first checking the evaporator coils in the freezer to see if there is ice affecting them. Then we suggest checking the evaporator fan motor to make sure it is running. If the coils are impacted then you are looking at a defrost problem, and the defrost thermostat and defrost heater need testing for continuity. If that check goes well that leaves you with a defrost control issue.

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Question:

I installed the defrost limiter thermostat and my fridge will no longer turn on. What did I do wrong when making this installation?

Henry
Answer:

Hi Henry, installing a defrost thermostat incorrectly would not affect the fridge turning on. If your unit is not running at all, the most common reason would be a problem with the defrost control. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

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Question:

I was told to replace the defrost limiter thermostat when I realized that my freezer is getting too hot during the defrost cycle but it didn’t fix the problem. I don’t want to keep guessing and checking what the problem is because that will eventually get too expensive. Based on my symptoms what should I check for next?

Diaz
Answer:

Hello Diaz, the thermistor found on top of the evaporator is the most likely reason you are experiencing these symptoms. To replace this part, you can find it here WR55X10025. Best of luck with this repair. 

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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:
  • Defrost Thermostat
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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Neri 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Randa 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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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: David 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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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Scott 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: jeffery 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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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Thermostat
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: richard 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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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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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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: jamaine from Dallas, TX

Freezer was freezing up and getting warm

Studied this problem from online people with the same problem, then found the parts needed from the online manual part list and removed the necessary things out the way and replaced them.

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