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Defrost Heater and Thermostat Assembly

PartSelect Number PS11743281

This part assembly has 2 functions: The defrost heater keeps the cooling coils from frosting over and the thermostat senses that the heat near the cooling coils has reached the desired temperature.

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:

  • Fridge too warm.
  • Freezer not defrosting.
  • Freezer section too warm.
  • Freezer too cold.
  • Fridge runs too long.
  • Frost buildup.
  • Leaking.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Thermostat Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Donald from Buckeye, AZ

Cooling coils were icing up every few weeks

Did a resistance check on the old defrost heater. It was out of the specified resistance. Removed cover over cooling coils in freezer. Removed old defrost heater/thermostat assembly with a pair of needle nosed pliers. Plugged in new assembly, and installed new thermostat, and retaining clip for heater assembly. Reinstalled cooling coil cover. Refrigerator has never been colder.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Thermostat Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: JOHN from ALPHARETTA, GA

Freezer & refrigerator compartments were warm

First I removed the two screws holding the evaporator coil cover. Then removed the defront heater and thermostat assembly. I had to pulled the evaporator coils out a few inches to work the defront assembly out of the unit. Reversed this process and applied plumber's putty to the expansion tube above the defrost heater to insulate it.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Thermostat Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: S Dawn from Sun City West, AZ

Freezer wasn't cooling and refrigerator side was not working.

I didn't know if I would be successful with this repair because the repairman had estimated $485.00 to fix the problem. This seemed like a serious problem to me and I was dubious as to whether or not I could fix it on my own. Well, I watched the video and re-watched carefully noting the steps. I followed the video to the letter and had no glitches along the way. It was very easy to do this repair and I still can't believe I was able to do it and in under 30 min! These repairman have really done a number on we women. We are able to do these repairs probably better than the repairmen! Thanks for the help PartSelect. I will ALWAYS go to your site if any appliance breaks down in my home. See how much money I saved? And the part arrived in 2 days; faster than a repairman!

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Lester from Jacksonville, FL

Ice buildup on freezer floor

I followed the video on Part Select which covered everything in detail. The longest time was to defrost the coils. After removing the cover, part of the coils were iced up. The actual repair only took about 10 minutes. I had found my old heater element had bent so it was no longer heating the coils. I also replaced the Adaptive Defrost Timer since both work in conjunction with each other. Thank you Part Select for making life easier.

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Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Andrew from Cordova, AK

Automatic defrost was not functioning correctly, had to manually defrost every week

I watched your video, took notes, ordered the parts and installed them. Refrigerator works great. Might not have needed all three components, however I live in a remote part of Alaska so I ordered the works. Thinking that the other parts were also well used also and probably close to failure. THE REFRIGERATOR IS WORKING LIKE NEW. Your delivery time was astonishing. I order alot over the internet. The video was very well filmed and had all the right info, easy to understand. I would like to do business with you again. But you'll have to wait awhile for this frig to break again. Thanks alot.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Debra from Cypress, TX

Fridge too warm. Coils frozen

I followed the videos supplied for the two parts. Everything looked exactly as he described in the videos. Took about an hour. Some patience required for the Adaptive Defrost Timer...just a bit tedious to get the cover off and the area released from the top of the fridge.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Brian from San Angelo, TX

Fridge and freezer was warm

It started out as intermediate warming in the fridge...Then obviously it went out..getting the cover off in the fridge compartment was trying..after several attempts it slid right out..Guess I made just the right face..I heat gunned the frozen up cooler in the freezer to get to the heat coil and remove the built up ice...swapping the parts was very easy...I watched the videos from the order page.. The temp rod was not turning the gear..I thought that the teeth on the rod were broken..It turned out that the gear had moved up and was not touching the rod.. I pushed it back in place and that took care of that problem.. I did not have to replace the rod..This sure is a great site to get your parts and the repair videos are the best..Thanks guys..Best advice...Take your time getting the fridge cover off... I got frustrated and walked away several times....When it did finally popped out it just slid right out easily..

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Robert from Ballwin, MO

Refrigerator not cooling properly

Ordered parts on line and received next day via FEDEX! Great delivery time. Read on your website describing my problem. It came down to 2 possible parts which were both replaced. Everything works like new. Saved a lot of $$$ on service call for diagnosis and parts. Not to mention the possibility of buying a new one for big bucks. The schematic views were spot on for DIY. Thank You Parts Select

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Thermostat Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Colnett from Santa Ana, CA

Defrost and thermostat assembly to regulate temp

1)Removed all items & trays from the freezer & unplugged the refrig 2)Removed all panels from the freezer compartment to access the parts 3)Placed a large baking pyrex dish under the parts area to catch hot water sprayed on area to melt the ice frozen on the parts 4)Use a turkey baster to spray hot water into the hard to reach places at the back of the unit 5)Place beach towels under door of open freezer to catch the run-off water 6)Easily install the new part, per directions 7)Close up the panels 8) Return all items/trays to fridge 9)Plug in frig 10)Be sure to mop up all water on the floor

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Thermostat Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Jane from Hayward, CA

The refridgerator would not get cold and freezer would ice up

After removing the rear panel inside the freezer and defrosting the grill with a hair dryer, the rest was very easy. I made a mentle note of how the old element was positioned in and around the grill. Without removing any screws, I removed the wire clip on the bottom, that holds the element up, and disconected the electric. Then I carefully snuck and tugged the wires around and out of the grill. I installed the new one the same way only in reverse. Good luck!

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Carl from Grand Haven, MI

Side by side fridge - freezer was ok, but the fridge side would be warm?

After weeks of using a hair dryer to heat / melt the ice build up on the freezer coils, it was obvious that the adaptive defrost controil board was toast. After reading numerous tech articles on the internet, it was deemed that sometimes the defrost heat element could be an issue as well, so I decided to replace both just to be safe. It was a little difficult getting the heater element oput as the wires for this run between the plastic liner of the freezer compartment and the cooling coils and the foam block that keeps everything tight was frozen even though I used a hair dryer to warm it up and melt all the ice. All appears to be OK at this point and both the fridge and the freezer are working. I will keep my fingers crossed as the ice usually built up within a week or so. I am going to take the cover off the freezer area in a week or so, just to check and see if all is well.
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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Thermostat Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: David from San Diego, CA

Freezer was icing up

Replacing the part was simple, empty the freezer, pull out the panel with the 2 screws, use a hair dryer to defrost all the ice, unclip and slide out the old unit (there is a tube and 2 lock clips that keep it in place) and then put in the new unit. Too bad this did not fix the problem. I think my problem is actually with the DEFROST ASSY., ADAPTIVE (Part#: PS2061226) since the unit is again freezing up again.....

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Thermostat Assembly
  • Ice Door
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Brian from Monrovia, CA

Replacement of defrost heater

When replacement of the defrost timer I noticed the heater was hanging down and not making good contact the evaporater coils. I also noticed that the condition of the heater was getting old and I didn't want to let the food I had in the refrigerator to go bad, if the heater stopped working. That would be very costly if you had to throw away all that food.
First of all unplug the refrigerator. You should never work on equipment with the power connected. After removing the shelves and baskets in the freezer section, it took only a nut driver to remove the cover for the evaporator coils. and unscrew the right side of coil to remove the heater. Be very careful not to break any of the refrigerant lines to the coil. Pull the spring clip on the bottom of the coil off that holds the heater to the assembly. Unplug the heater assembly and replace with the new one. You can only get the harness plug one way. reassemble all of the covers, shelves and baskets. Plug back into the power and enjoy the next 10 years of your refrigerator.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Jimmy from Stratford, TX

The coils would freeze up and it wouldn't cool.

I removed the screws on the covers and remove them, then taken the screws from the timer, the temperature control just set in there, then pulled out a lttle ways and disconnected the wires and then removed. Installed the new ones. I taken the back panel off and removed the clip and pulled the defrost heater out a ways and removed the wires and removed the defrost heater. Installed the new defrost heater and clip and the covers.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench set
Customer: John from Snellville, GA

Fridge started warming up, then freezer portion tried to die

Removed control section and found ice build up in transfer tunnel from the freezer section to the fridge section. freezer fan was running, compressor running - no air coming into fridge section. Possible and cheapest problem - no defrost cycle taken place. Replaced defrost heater/t-stat in freezer and defrost controller in fridge. Seams to work (for now).

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