Defrost Heater Harness Kit

PartSelect Number PS1993872

This dual heater kit replaces the single heater. It's redesigned to use two heating elements for a better defrost cycle.

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.
  • Refrigerator runs too long.
  • Frost buildup.
  • Fridge section too cold.
  • Ice maker will not make ice.
  • Too warm.
  • Unusual Noise.
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    $39.30
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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerSharon from Deerfield Beach FL

Coils at back of freezer icing over

After reading posts on this website, I determined I needed to replace the defrost heater. Removed heater to take a closer look and after testing with a voltmeter determined it needed replacing. Ordered part online and could not believe how quickly it arrived. Blue wire that travels down the left side of the freezer coils had some damage on the end of the plastic connector so was pleased to find that I was able to splice the extension wire provided in the defrost heater kit onto the blue wire and dispose of the damaged end. It's been about 10 days and I do believe my problem has been solved!

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

Customerdanny from colorado springs CO

Freezer anf refrigerator got warm on both sides. Seemed like there was no air flow.

Parts select sugested checking the freezer side on the side by side if there was frost on the back panel. I took the back panel off on the freezer side inside the freezer. I found that the freezer coils were full of ice.Had to use a hair dryer to melt all the ice. The heater element was bad on the bottom of the freezer. I ordered a new defrost element an installed in 40 minutes and is running fine.You can still use the refrigerator until the new part comes in if you melt off the coils.It will last about 2 weeks.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customerfrank from Pittston PA

Appeared to be too large at first...

At first the part appeared to be too large because of the change from one heater to two heaters in the replacement part. It was necessary to push a copper refrigerant line back out ot the way about an inch or so before the part would fit properly. This might take a little courage from the do-it-yourselfer, but it moved easily and seems no worse for the move. Currently the fridge is working well(two weeks) with no buildup of any frost on freezer panel as previouly noted. Overall experience was just fine. Makes d-i-y guy look good!

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerEdmund from Wellington NV

Have had frig. Since new. This is the third or maybe even the 4th. Time repair.

Removed panel, then removed single coil unit and replaced it with double coil unit that was sent to me. Refrigerator now working fine.

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerJose from Castaic CA

Frost buildup on the inside back wall of freezer, refrigerator section not cooling

Removed shelves and storage drawer from freezer.

Removed the two screws that mount the rear panel cover at the back of the freezer
compartment. Disconnected the grounding clip on the cover exposing the evaporator coils and the defrosting heater at the bottom.

Removed the remaining ice chunks on the coils.

Removed the two screws mounting the single element defroster. Disconnected the wires on each end of the defroster.

The replacement defroster was a two element heater and the instructions clearly showed how to re-route the single wire from the left side to the right side. The harness kit included a short piece of wire and a crimp connector to ensure the length would be sufficient to connect the new heater.

The only item missing in the kit was the RTV required to water proof the wire connection. A quick run to the hardware store took care of that.

Reassembled in reverse order, plugged the refrigerator back in and by the next day temperatures were normal in both the freezer and refrigerator compartment.

A service repairman had quoted $60.00 for the defrost heater plus $250.00 for installation. Using parts from PartSelect the total cost was $44.00 including shipping and about 30 minutes of my time. I'll take the savings anyday.

Thanks for the easy to read instructions and multiple status email notes of the order.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

CustomerPatricia from Naples FL

Refrigerator would not cool

I followed the easy instructions included with the replacement part I ordered. I removed the back of the freezer, unpluged the broken heater and replace with the new heater. The heater just plugged in, very very simple. I put the back panel bach on with the two screws and it perfectly. Not back for a girl!

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerEd from Orient OH

Frig and freezer side not cooling

This is a repair INSIDE the freezer. Turned off unit.. Unplugged. Removed shelving on freezer side. Removed freezer draw rails (4 screws total.) Removed 2 screws that hold rear panel in place at rear of freezer side (this is inside the freezer). Carefully removed metal panel by pulling from the left (side that does not have shelving clips. As noted on this website and other users, the freezer coils were incased in ice. Thawed with a hair dryer (put towels in bottom of freezer-ice was pretty heavy in mine). When thawed, remove heater element by removing 2 screws that hold it to the aluminum bracket. Then remove wires on each end. Simply install the new emelment by attaching wires back on heater and screw new unit in place. (My original heating element was a single element-you could very easily see where the heating coil inside the glass tube had shorted out. My replacement heater was a 2 element unit. This did not pose any problem at all-installs in the same manner-good directions are provided.). Replace all parts in reverse order. It's that simple. Saved probably $150. This site is wonderful! Fast shipping and the users install tips/notes are fantastic!! Will shop here again if I have to (have a Maytag washer that isn't draining and going into spin-bet the fix is on here somewhere!

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customercarol from Du Bois IL

Defroster quit working. The freezer would frost up and not cool the fridge or freezer properly.

First I removed the two screws that hold the element in place. I then pulled the element out about 3 inches and disconnected the two wires.Threw away the old defroster. Put the new one in. I had to reroute the blue wire over to the right hand side and plugged it in.Put the back on. put the shelves in and I was done! We had this done just about 3 years ago and it cost us about $175. The cost of this repair was only $38.05 with shipping and all! What a great deal! Thanks so much PartSelect!

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerLaNeisha from Kerrville TX

Burned out freezer defroster element

I had done this repair almost exactly 2 years ago. I also read in this forum about a guy who said he had to do it every 2 years... bad part design.

However, GE has replaced the original single element with a dual element, and that is what PartSelect sent me. I had to splice one wire, but the instructions were clear and it went like a breeze. Oh, and the part arrived less than 3 days after I ordered it with standard shipping. Way to go, guys! Thanks!

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerMelvin from Linesville PA

Refrigerator side of refrigerator/freezer wouldn't stay cool. Ice jam in cooling cools (due to burned out defrost heater) prevented proper air flow.

Removed shelves and light bulb cover. Then removed the two screws that hold the back wall of freezer compartment in place and removed cover. Thawed ice jam with hair dryer. Removed the two screws holding heating element in place and pulled element out far enough to disconnect the two wires. Reconnected wires to new element and put everything back together.
Installation instructions which came with new part were accurate and very easy to understand.
It took about 30 minutes total.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

CustomerAlex from Madisonville KY

Refrigerator stopped cooling, back panel freezing, not defrosting

The repair itself is super easy. The heater harness comes with instructions that is easy to follow. The only issue I encountered is that my refrigerator had 1 heating element and you will get one with 2 heating elements. Because of this, the new connectors are on 1 side. Since my old heater had 1 connector on each end, 1 wire is too short if you route both wires the same way as before. The kit comes with an extra wire and directs you to splice the short wire and attach the extra wire with the included connector. I figured a refrigerator with a spliced wire is not a good combination so I rerouted the short wire to the other side along with the other wire. This allowed me to connect both wires without using the extra wire.

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerChris from Kingman AZ

Refrigerator and freezer not getting cold enough.

First I removed the two screws that hold the element in place. I then pulled the element out about 3 inches and disconnected the two wires..

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)

CustomerJulio from Brea CA

The freezer section was not working and the cooling increased in the bottom side of the fresh food section.

I had this problem before and I knew it was related to the heater located in the freezer section. With the help of the drawings in the parts selct webpage I was able to identify the part I needed within 5 minutes. I ordered the part abd in 3 days I had it delivered.
I followed the instructions that came with the part step by step and I got my refrigerator up mand running in about 45 minutes.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerRobert from Rutherford NJ

Frost build up on freezer side

When the part first arrived I thought that I had ordered the wrong one. It was a dual element heater while the one in the freezer was a single. After reading the instructions it gave specific info on how to replace a single element with the dual. It was VERY easy to replace. i had manually defrosted the coils a couple of days before but they were already covered in frost. I know that I should have manually defrosted them again but I installed the new element anyway and it started working instantly (must have caught it on the 'on' cycle or when I repowered the fridge it started the 'on' cycle). The coils were defrosted within a few minutes. Amazing. Very easy to follow instructions.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers

CustomerMary from Castle Hayne NC

Fridge warm, heavy frost on freezer back

Well, first I googled the problem and the model and found my way pretty quick to you guys. I sent a note to Tom P., who confirmed that I was looking at the right things. Then I offloaded everything from the freezer and fridge to the RV fridge and chest freezer, unplugged it and used my hair dryer to melt the ice on back plate so I could remove it.

I removed the two small screws at the top of the back, below the icemaker and light bulb, and slid the back cover up and out. Since my coils were pretty heavily iced, it took about half an hour to melt enough that I could get the defrost heater out and check it for continuity, which it failed.

The replacement design is slightly different (2 heater coils vs 1 and connectors on one end), but functionally the same. When putting the new one in, you need to re-run the blue wire down the same side as the pink wire because the connectors are on one end. Mine was long enough to work, but they include a splice kit in case yours isn't.

It took me longer to get the cover back on than to replace the heater assembly! Everything is back to normal, had ice cubes within a couple of hours...
Thanks for your help!

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