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PartSelect Number PS11739232
The thermostat will sense the temperature increase in the evaporator during the defrost cycle and will cycle the defrost heater off after the ice or frost is melted.
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
The new thermostat assembly installed quite easily, just a couple of screws, but the thermostat probe however was kind of a pain in the rear. The probe is about 3 feet long and you have to remove a plastic sleeve from the old part and re-install on the new probe, it fits very tight and takes some time to do. Overall it was a very easy fix.
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Came Home water on the floor, Ice Maker drippingUpon further inspection, fridge was warm too. I have a friend that used to service appliances. He suspected the thermostat, because the lights were on. The controls and motor didn't smell or feel hot. The control has three connections, one is a ground. (green). We bypassed the controller, by connecting the two remaining wires with a beer tab. cut down to fit the connectors. Really. I made it up because I didn't want to run out to my shed for the right tool....We work 12 hours my butt was draggin....anyway. The fridge motor started and we knew that was the problem. The part looked a bit different from the on I pulled out, but worked and fit just fine. I cut the plastic tube covering in half and added dish washing detergent to slip it on. My fridge works GREAT....and I will order from Parts Select again. (although I got a $2.50 charge for an international charge on my credit card ?)
I followed the procedures that others described that had the same problem,very handy
Fridge/freezer warm. After unpluging and plug in again, both would get cold. Then, ice would partially melt in the freezer only to refreeze later. Noted large temperature swings in freezer-up to 48 degrees during defrost cycle. Finally after a day or two, both sides warming up permanently to room temp. Tapping inside the fridge near the cold control (thermostat) would cause the warm fridge/freezer to cool again. Installation is simple. Remove knobs and snap on face plate in front top of fridge. Remove screws allowing plastic cover to drop down which houses the thermostat at the inside top of fridge. loosen two mounting hex head screws from thermostat mount. Remove two plastic covers concealing thermostat wire that travels to vent at back of fridge. Remove thermostat. remove plastic tube over wire on old thermostat by slipping it forward and slide tube on to new thermostat wire. Install is the same in reverse. A thermometer in the freezer confirms very little temperature variation after install (3-4degrees); ice no longer melts, unit stays on!
Turn off power .Remove the control knobs and pry off the front panel ,it just snaps on,Take out two screws holding the control panel Take out the two screws holding the control to the base of the panel to get at the two screws holding the control to the bracket. Ther are screws holding the covers over the thermostat tube. Then pull out the tubbe and remove the plastic cover on the old control and place it on the new control tube. Then route the new tube into the snaps be careful to not make ant sharp bends in tubing.When that is done fasten the control to the bracket and fasten the bracket to the panel.Replace covers over tube to hide it and keep from damaging it when putting things in fridge.. Mount the conrol bracket back to the fridge and replace snap on cover. Plug in electric.
take off the face plate of fridge and follow the cable back to the compartment where fridge and freezer meet. once out, had to remove transluscent cover from thermostat wire - easy and feed that same cover onto the new thermostat. Slow is better and using pliers to force 1/4 to 1/2 inch at a time into the tubing - easier if you have 2 people. After that just put the length back in and insert the controller back in the panel and plug in the electricity again. (to the thermostat). 30 minutes later - cold fridge.
work like new
I did a little homework and decided that it had to be one of two parts. I purchased both parts and installed them. The tricky part was gaining access to the components. I snapped the front panel off and there were the screws. Voila, down hill from here. Read the instructions on the defrost timer assy. and installed new parts. Problem fixed. I did find the parts later at another site a little less expensive but not with the support provided here. And delivery was fast. Repair cost was less than 100.00 so I am not complaining. Thanks !!
First, after re-reading your descriptions here on your site ( it took clues from each of them) I unplugged the refrigerator and began on the only day my husband was out of town. The two selector knobs came off easily fingers only. The plate came off with only a slight prying with a screwdriver (it is intended to snap off this way). Loosening the screws and removing them in order to remember which order they returned proved to be a challenge. After disassembly, pulling the thermostat out of the tubing and replacing it with the new one without bending it was hard to do also. The refrigerator runs like new, and may run another eleven years! Thanks!
followed directions given on your video
took front knobs off an then cover took side cover off next then disconnected themostat and replaced with new and followed the coil to side to the back of fridge an put back together. Oh by the way I unplugged the fridge first
Synthesized other's comments on similar issues, eliminated those issues NOT applicable. Narrowed what was left and decided on thermostat as first of three likely solutions. Followed other's installation comments and completed a successful replacement. The avaialability of other comments was key to success. Thanks for a great web site. Best clue was the result of slapping the front control panel to start the balking compressor. Not likely to find that in a repair manual.
It was pretty straight forward after all the control panel removed. The plastic tubing was removed from old and installed on new part. Reconnected the connectors and re-route wire to the back vent. After installed covers and control panel, turn on power, it runs.
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