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PartSelect Number PS11743280
The heater is located beneath the coils that are located behind the panel in the freezer section. The heater will get hot and melt any ice or frost build up around the coils. 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:
Turn off freezer.Pull the shelves out of freezer.Remove two screws that hold on back panel.Melt ice off of cooling fins with hair dryer.Remove heating element by unplugging heating element on top of fins, pull off wiring with small unit clipped to tubing, slide the wires out from the side of the fins, and pull off clip on the bottom of the cooling fins that holds heating element.To install new part I just reversed these steps.
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1st, I removed all the shelves and baskets. 2nd, I removed two screws (1/4" nut driver/socket) that attach the two lower panels at the back of the freezer. If there frozen on defrost with a hair dryer, with panels removed finish defrosting the coils and the two vents (top and bottom) on the inner wall. With the coils defrosted unplug the unplug the defrost heating element then remove the two screws securing the coil to the back wall of freezer. Coil movement is limited so be gentle. remove the retaining clip at bottom of coil. remove the element starting from the top, work it around the foam insert (dont remove the foam insert). install in the reverse order and dont forget to clip on the thermostat.
replaced the defrost heater assembly and it solved the rpoblem
Disconnected power,removed 2 screw on penel covered the coil,took off 2 penels that cover the coil.Use heater to melt ice.Removed & replaced new defrost heater & thermostat.So simple.
I just recently replaced my defrost assemby which is very easy to do and the unit defrosted a few times then the condenser froze up again. I replaced the Heater/therm assy and it's been working well and defrosting properly now for a week. Hardest part of install is getting the plastic shroud off, you have to pull our and push down at some time, the back two clips are a bit of a pain but will eventually come down. After that it's a few screws and the unit falls out and is very simple to replace.
For the timer, I watched the handy instruction video on the website that was provided. Very easy to follow along. For the assembly, i tried to click on the instructions but nothing popped up, so i went online and searched for a video on youtube.com which helped.Very easy and convinent.
Checked air flow in refrigerator section and no air. Varified the air flap was open and working. Then recovers in freezer and observed frozen coils. Defrost coils with hair dry and the both units were working. Ordered defrost heater and replaced when received.
odered part unplugged unit replaced part turned on unit
I measured the temperature inside of the freezer and refrigerator separately so that I knew that the temperatures were close to zero for the freezer and 38 degrees for the refrigerator.I called Just Answer for technical assistance and after describing what I had measured, was told to buy the Defrost Heater and Thermostat assembly. This was very easy to change.The recommendation and help in understanding where the part was located was excellent. This solved my problem. I have used this service before this and have always been completely satisfied. GREAT JOB
Unplug the refrigerator, open the back of the freezer, there were blocks of ice everywhere. I defrosted the ice using hair drier. Remove the heater and thermostat assembly and replace it with the new one.
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