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PartSelect Number PS2062675
The defrost heater keeps the cooling coils from frosting over.
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:
First I looked at the Partselect schematic to discover what I was dealing with. There were only three parts that could have failed, the timer, thermostat or the defrost heater. I unplugged the fridge. Removed and tested the defrost timer from within the refridgerator (inside top, two screws). Defrost timer snaps in, really simple. It worked, Search the web to a video on testing the defrost timer. It's there and good, really simple. I got a $1.00 tester from the dollar store and it did the trick.Next test was on thermostat, so I had to remove the ice maker, one screw and the back panel of the freezer 4 screws. It was full of ice. I allowed the ice to melt and located the thermostat and defrost heater. The defrost heater is behind the cooling element, lower rear, it sits in two clips, one on each end. It is a glass tube with wire coiled inside and a simple plug on each end, I tested the thermostat and it seemed fine so I lifted the element up and out, unplugged it, installed the new one (Be careful not to touch glass with bare fingers this will cause a hot spot on the glass from your finger print and damage the part, clean it with rubbing alcohol to remove your oils off of the glass, let dry), plugged it in, rescrewed the back, put the ice maker back, watch that the water supply hose does not kink, plug in icemaker, plugged the refridgerator back in and wala it worked. Thanks PartSelect. Your part fit perfectly, your schematic was perfect and you saved me $245.00 on this repair. That was the price each company quoted me for the repair. The part was only $45 from this site. Fantastic.
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After following the troubleshooting section of the web site. It seemed the problem with the fridge was the defrost system. Obvious clue was the evaporator coil for completely covered with ice. including the channel which leads to the main compartment. Hence no cooling the in fridge main compartment.Test switch -goodTested Heater - no continuity across heater element.In the freezer compartment, I removed the wire rack. Took a little muscle to do, basically pushed hard to the right and that allowed the left side to come out of its holders, lifted left side up and out.Removed back panel by removing four screws in each corner with screwdriver. Very tight, small socket wrench would work better.Panel has two sets of wires connecting it to the freezer. Hold the tab and pull out firmly. Panel comes out, put it to the side.Defrost coil if iced. Gently pull evaporator coil out, only a couple of inches, watch that the styrofoam holders are not frozed, because they could break.while holding coil with one hand.Slide off styrofoam holder on both sides.then pull out wire that runs thru. Tape is holding wire in place, only lift one side of tape to remove wire.then remove heater (glass tube) from coil by lifting up and off of clip. Replace with new heater in reverse order. (test new heater before installing)Replace back panel.
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