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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    $40.52
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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerArnold from Laurel MS

Ice formed on back wall of freezer section and everything thawed.

After reading about what others had done on PartSelect, I decided to order the defrost heater and bracket assembly. When the parts arrived (very prompt) I removed the back panel of the freezer. Ice was covering the coils, so I took a hair dryer and melted the ice. Then I removed the defrost heater and replaced it with the new one. Very easy; only a couple of screws on the back wall to remove and one on the heater itself. Anyone can do it. I had called a repair service, and they wanted $75 just for the service call. I probably saved at least $100 by doing the job myself.

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerDaylyn from Houston TX

Refrigerator not cooling // freezer running non-stop

Fortunately while my refirgerator was still under warrant I had this same problem and watched the repairman fix it. To confrm my suspicions I cleaned out the freezer compartment, removed the back panel (2 screws), and used a hair dryer to defrost it. I suggest plugging the drain hole or laying a towel in the bottom of the compartment to catch the run off or your drain pan could over low. Once defrosted I was able to verify that the element on the defrost heater was burnt. Since it was Sunday I re-assembled and cranked it back up until I could get the part. I did a goggle search on Monday, found the part instantly using only the model number from the refrigerator at PartsSelect.com. The part arrived Wednesday as promised, I repeated the process from Sunday, removed the defective part (2 screws & 2 plug in type wire connections) and she works like a charm now. I do think the manufacture of the part should consider a new design since this is the second one my unit has needed in less than 5 years. At only $27.50 ea. I should have purchased a spare to have for the next time!

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsWrench set

Customermonique from HUNTINGTON BEACH CA

Freezer was frozen at the back panel and refrigerator didn't get cold anymore

Considering that I am a woman who knows nothing about repairing or let alone anything about refridgerator parts etc.... It was very easy.

First I went on line to see if I could even figure out what may be the problem with my refridgerator. After hearing similar stories on this site I thought I would try to order a new heating element since it wasn't that expensive and hopefully save me lots in $$$ have a repair man come out.
I removed the shelves in the freezer portion and then removed the back panel. I had to wait for the freezer to defrost, then I removed the burned out heating element which is about 10 inches long and replaced it with a new one.
It was so simple and probably would have taken less time if I had the freezer already defrosted.
Now the refrigerator is working like new and I fixed it all by myself without the help of my husband!!!!

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerDAVID from LAREDO TX

Heater went out and back of freezer froze up.

Very easy. Just removed the two screws holding heater element in place. I disconected the wires on both ends then re-attached the two wires to the replacement heater and put both screws back on and WHALA! Done!

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerChris from Rainier WA

Freezer coils were covered in ice and fridge was warm

First I removed the freezer compartment backplate by unscrewing three screws. Then I unscrewed the 2 screws holding the heater element in place. While holding it in one hand I pulled the wires off, one on each end of the element. Then replaced it with new part and put it all back together. Piece of cake.

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerWayne from Yucaipa CA

Freezer and fridge would stop cooling to a point of defrosting food

So our food was not staying frozen or cold so as usual i was thinking huge bill. I deceided to take a look for myself not knowing anything about a freezer. After removing all the food I noticed ice on the back part of the fridge so I just started to remove the back panel and as soon as I did that I heard the fan breath a sigh of relief. So I defrosted the block of ice and put it back together.

a few days later same thing. So on to the trusty Internet. I found partselect and helped me discover the problem of a faulty defrost heater ( who would think a heater in a fridge) Anyway I ordered the part and it was at my door in 2 DAYS!!

Thanks to PartSelect for saving me a ton of money and time. Great site! and company!

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerKim from Penfield NY

Refridgerator getting warmer not cycling, frost building inside freezer.

Had some knowledge of freezers and located Parts Select Web Site. Excellent advice and illustrations. Took four days to determine fault, locate part, order, receive and repair. Price was very reasonable and response was more than acceptable.

Good Job Parts Select.

1. Found Compressor and coils obstructed by
heavy dust: Cleaned
Re: No change

2. Check defrost timer for recycle. Good

3. Defrost freezer and initialize
Re:No Change

4. Check heater by setting timer for defrost:
Re: Not heating. Disassembled assembly and
found heater burned with open coil.

Located parts on web site exactly as depicted, Ordered part and Parts select did all the rest very responsively. Recieved the part in just over two business days. Fridge has been operating fine since.

Better than any service man.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

Customercharles from leicester NY

The top of freezer was warm and also refrigerator

I removed food, then removed shelves.
The light bulb and shade had to be taken out.
removed two screws from interior back panel.
defrosted cooling coils
removed two screws from defrost heater
took off two wires ...done
reversed procedure to finish installation

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers

CustomerPeter from Port Townsend WA

Frost in freezer and no cold in refrigerator

Unplug the appliance. Removed back panel inside freezer compartment to find the freezer coils covered in ice. Defrosted freezer area with hair dryer and towels. Removed the old defroster heater (one bulb) and replaced withe the improved two bulb unit. I had to splice an extension wire included into the one wire as the old wire wasn't quite long enough to attach to the new defroster. Put it all back together and plugged it in. It's been two weeks and working fine.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Socket set

Customerjohn from saint thomas PA

Refrigerator would not stay cold

After unplugging refrigerator and allowing freezer section to defrost completely I removed the lght cover in the freezer section and the green ground wire that is clipped to the panel. I was then able to get to the 2 screws needed to remove and pull out the back panel. I removed the failed heater from the bottom by disconnecting the blue and pink wires from the heater. I was replacing a single heater with a double heater so I needed to dress the blue wire down the right side of the evaporator. I positioned the double heater with the yellow jumper wire on the left and continued to connect the blue and pink wires into either socket on the heater. Be sure not to touch the bulbs with your fingers as they could be damaged by the oils on your fingers. Secure the heater by re-inserting the 2 mounting screws. Re-attach the green ground wire with clip to the back panel before you screw the panel back on. Restart the refrigerator and you are done. This was so easy and I saved over $120.00 doing it myself!!!!

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerCharles from Longs SC

Freezer building up ice

This is such an easy fix!
1-Unplugging the fridge and emptyi it. Remove all shelves.
2-remove the 2 screws at the top of the back panel with a 1/4 inch nutdriver. You'll have to tilt ithis panel forward and sideways to get it out.
3- DO NOT CHIP AT THR ICE COVERING THE COOLING COILS? Replace one shelf and rest a hair dryer on low heat on the shelf.. Plug the drain hole at the bottom with a rag so all the melted ice water doesn't flood the floor under the fridge. Soak up the water with a rag and bucket- this should take 20-30 minutes.
4-Remove the red and blue power cables from the element. Only 2 philips head screws hold the defrosting element in place. Once it's out you can tell it's burned out because it looks black like a burned out lightbulb.
4-Plug in the red and blue power cables to the new unit. You will need to reroute the blue power cable because the new unit has both power connections on the same end.
5-Replace the cover panel by sliding it in at an angle and replace the 1/4 inch screws.
6-Replace the shelves and plug in the fridge.
That's it!

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customerjeffrey from chattanooga TN

Back wall on inside of freezer was frosting more than expected

Once you see pictures of what your looking for its SIMPLE . First turn the breaker off for the regrigerator (this way you don't have to slide nor unplug the unit). In the side by side model remove the four screws and the slide the back panel off. upon removal you will find the coils--make sure the unit is defrosted--plug the drain hole in the bottom of the unit. On either side of the coils you should see a blue on left and red on right wire going from the top to the bottom pluging into the heater brackett asm. Take the two screws out holding the bracket and slide out. Pull the connectors off. Look at the element and IF it is black thats your problem. The new heater bracket may have two tubes instead of one. If so no problem. Upon replacing the NEW heater bracket take the red and blue wire and slowly and carefully pull them out from the side of the coils til you reach the top of the unit where they plug in. Now take both wires together and run them down the right side of the coils back to the bottom where the heater bracket is. As taking the wires down the side of the coils take out any slack to have enough wire to plug the connectors back into brackett. Turn breaker back on and notice how the coils will start to chill while not OVER FROSTING. Once you have confirmed that unit is working 4-6 hours replace back panel and be happly as to HOW much you have saved by doing a VERY simple job.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

Customervictoria from pryor OK

The freezer was working but he refrigerator wasn't

Since the original part was a single element we had trouble locating the part we were replacing since it was replaced with a dual heater. Once located the repair went pretty well. We followed one of these wonderful postings that helped work through the difficulty.

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  • Defrost Heater Harness Kit

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerDavid from Port Saint Lucie FL

Freezer is working but refrigerator is not cooling

remove screws in back panel and remove , defrost coils wit hair dryer,remove two screws that hold defrost heater unplug wire's.plug in new heater put screws back in ,put panel and screws in ...done

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerJim from Blanket TX

Unit was freezing up and wouldn't defrost

Removed two small phillips head screws at lower back of unit then unplugged old element and plugged in the new one. The thermostat defroster had two wires and clipped on to the coils so I simply cut the two wires and removed the old thermostat and wired in the new one. A local appliance repairman wanted 50 dollars just to look at the unit plust 60 dollars and hour plus parts. I fixed this myself with no experience in about 15 minutes for less than 70 dollars!

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