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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2 of 7 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerChristopher from Bluffton SC

Frozen over back wall in freezer - not cold in fridge - top of freezer not freezing

1: unplugged the power to the fridge to allow it to defrost the back wall of the freezer
2: cleaned all the water from the thaw job
3: removed the shelves in the freezer
4: removed freezer light bulb cover, and all screws on the back wall that hold the panel cover over the coils (this is on the inside of the freezer compartment)
5: removed heater element that was obviously burned out -- looked like a burned out light bulb -- the rubber insulator ends were dry cracked
6: replaced with new heater element
7: cut wires to thermostat -- removed old thermostat
8: used wire nuts to connect the new thermostat (used water proof silicone on wire nut connections)
9: reinstalled thermostat to coil, installed back wall panel with screws, and then put the shelves back in
10: set the fridge and freezer to 5


simple as pie -- good luck!

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerRafael 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

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerPaul 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 DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customerchad 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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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customerjames 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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1 of 5 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

Customerjamaine 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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Parts Used

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver

Customerlarry from pensacola FL

Partworkfine

icemakernotworkingandwaterfortheicemaernotworking

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Parts Used

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:More than 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerCraig 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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Parts Used

  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers

CustomerSalvatore 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 DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerCraig 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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Parts Used

  • Defrost Thermostat

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set

Customerbryan 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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Parts Used

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set

CustomerYvette 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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