303781-1-S-GE-WR51X10055        -Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly
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Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

PartSelect Number PS303781

The defrost heater keeps the cooling coils from frosting over. The heater will get hot and melt any ice or frost build up around the coils.

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.
  • Frost buildup.
  • Freezer section too cold.
  • Fridge section too cold.
  • Too warm.
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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

Customerrichard from cleburne TX

Freezer freezing up

Unplug refrigerator,remove the freezer bulb, trays and rear cover to expose coils and heating element/defroster, The telltale sign its bad was it looked like an old flashbulb/burned, the old one was open, melt enough ice to remove and replace the defrost element(2 screws 2 wires) and reinstall components, reconnect power, thats it.

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  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerCatherine from Stamford NY

Iced up freezer coils

took out heating element while ice was still on coils..replaced w/new one, thought it would go on to defrost right away ,but freezer had to run it's cycle . Then after about 4 hours all ice was gone and all went ok..back to normal and it is now set on #4 working fine .

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerDaniel from St George UT

Refrigerator temp went to 60 degrees

Freezer section defroster heater was inoperative.
turned off the refrigerator by turning the right knob in top rear refrigerator to 0.

Used hose on a vacuum sweeper blower side to feed warm air into the bottom rear section. Removed the top plastic panel behind the ice maker to allow air flow to exit through the fan to defrost the freezer coils.

Placed a flat oven pan into the area beside the vacuum hose and sponged up the melted frost water. After 30 minutes, water ceased to drain.

Removed freezer shelves, and 5 screws on rear freezer wall. It took about 2 minutes to remove the heater & braw assembly at the bottom of the coils. 2 screws have to be removed and wires just clip off and back on again. Replaced the 2 screws.

Replace rear coil wall cover and turn on the refrigerator to 5 to 7 and replace cover and shelves.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customermark from butler PA

The freezer keep freezing up, and food in fridge was freezing in the bottom.

Called the repair guy, he came and said the heater was ok and changed the thermastat.Well that didnt work and the heater looked real bad.So i got one and changed it. Well that worked for two weeks, next i got the motherboard. I looked into it and they have alot of problems with them.And My water and ice machine quitto, so i got one an put t in. So far its not freezing, its been two weeks. But my water and ice machine still wont lite up or work.I was told not to buy Ge buy a service guy before we got it. But the wife went with her cousin and when they got back that is what she got.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerRobert from LAKE CHARLES LA

No water dispensing and refrigrator freezing food

Remove shelve from fridge. Removed four screws from back panel. Remove one screw that was holding the light bulb. Removed the panel (be careful with side stripping. Cut the wires from the old thermostat (leave plenty of wire to splice. Splice in the new one, use connectors, crimp, and then tape with electrical tape. To remove heater and bra, remove the screws on each side and remove the wire connected to it. Use needle nose pliers to remove. Install new one by installing wires first and then the screws.

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  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

Customerjoanne from Port Jefferson Station NY

Refrigerator warm freezer cold

checked web site for similar problems and said it was either the defrost heater or timer took my chances and went with the heater Its been 2 days and so far it seems to be working correctly if it happens again will change the timer Thank you for your help with this product couldn't be happier didn't have to have a repair man come would have been hundreds I am not a handy person but your site made it so easy

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  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerTom from Durham NC

Defrost heater was shot.

I started by replacing the defrost thermostat. I was wishfully thinking that would solve the problem, and I knew I would have to do it anyway (you have to remove it to test it, so, for nine bucks . . .). That was the hardest part of the job, because I am wide and the freezer is narrow. (PartSelect has a good instructional video.) A good wire stripping tool is worth the investment. My mistake (laziness) was not testing the defrost heater when I had the chance. It was shot, too. I quickly ascertained that it needed replacing (frost on the rear of the freezer; the original problem) and so I ordered one. The first one I got was defective. PartSelect over-nighted me a second one for no additional shipping. Installed it as soon as it arrived, a couple of weeks ago (it attaches very simply at the bottom of the rear of the freezer; two screws and plug-in wires). No problems since. Total cost, about $60 plus shipping. I can't even get a refrigerator repair guy to visit for less than that.

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  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerJun from Oakland NJ

Freezer and refrigerator not cold.

Remove the back cover inside the freezer, with a hair dryer, defrost the frosts built up over the fringes, only the 4 sides of the back panel needs to be defrost so that I can get access to the heater and Thermostat. The heater is a tube like and if it looks black, it is bad, the new one is filled with aluminum coils inside the tube that you can see. Replaced the heater and everything worked. It has been fine for a week now.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerGerald from San Clemente CA

Fridge too warm, evaporator icing up

Replaced these parts and didn't fix the problem. Had to replace the temperature sensor. The fix could have been a $10 rather than $160, but I didn't know how to test the components individually. But it is fixed now!

The board and heater plug right in. For the Defrost Thermostat (or thermistor?) I had to cut 2 wires, crimp the new wires to the old ones and seal up. Then attach to evaporator. Thanks for the help this site provided.

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  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

CustomerWenshui from Irivne CA

Ice build-up in back of freezer, not cool enough

Defrost heater turned black. Test showed infinite resistance. Problem went away after the heater was replaced.

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Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerBarry from Black Hawk SD

Defrost cycle failed, defrost heat element burned out

A few years ago, the evaporator coils in the freezer started icing up. The defrost cycle had failed. The element was still working, so I was able to manually defrost by jumping the defrost element from the board (NOT recommended). After the defrost element burned out, I was stuck with defrosting manually using a hairdryer. Given this unit does not have the old-fashioned traditional defrost timer, and since I couldn't find any good information about the electronics back then, it appeared from my research I would have to spend nearly $200.00 for a new circuit board. Recently after discovering PartSelect, I was able to diagnose the failed defrost thermostat, ordered it and the defrost heat element, received them quickly, replaced them in less than a half hour, and now my fridge is like new!! Excellent site, PartSelect!!! Also, the Ice bucket glide was a simple replacement (of a broken glide) with two screws using a nut driver. Easy fix.

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  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerJeff from Winchester IN

Warm in refridgeator and freezer

diagnoises said 49% thermostat replace preety easy did not fix so i took out defrost rube ran continuity test with showed bad unit ordered one here jn 2 days put in works great easy for me

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  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerRON from HENDERSON NV

Fridge too warm

Coils in freezer side freezing up causing the fridge to stay too warm. after changing out the temp sensor and the defrost thermostat it still froze up in about a week. Changed the defrost heater and its been working good now for a month. The defrost heater clips on to the bottom of the coils in the freezer side,two wires and boom done.

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  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

Customerjerome from Knoxville TN

Frost buildup and freeze warning up

Unplug your refrigerator. Remove the shelves, light bulb shield and light bulb. Remove the two hex head screws to either side of the light bulb. Wiggle out the back panel. Locate the heater assembly hanging from the bottom of the coils secured with two screws. Remove both screws and lower out the heater. Unclip both connectors from either end of the heater. Take the new heater and replace both end clips. It only goes in one way, so you can't mix them up. Using the two screws, attach the new heater exactly like the original. Wiggle the back panel into place and replace the two hex screws. Put the light bulb and shield back in place and put back in the shelves. You are done.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerWilliam from Jacksonville FL

Freezer icing up - refridg too warm

I viewed the online video, which really is helpful.

Most of my "repair" time was defrosting the freezer coils (about 1 hour).

After removing the freezer shelves and access cover the thermostate and heater were in plain sight.

The heater is held in place with two phillips head screws and two wires that unplug (one on either side of heater).

The other tools came into play when removing and replacing the thermostate. Cut the two wires and strip for wire nuts, same with new thermostate. Wires color coded. I use electrical tape after appling wire nuts to seal the nuts.

I ordered a timer but found out, after research, that my model has the timer interagrated on the motherboard (main electrical board) (like in a home computer). So I returned the time for refund.

Super fast delivery of ordered parts. I ordered one evening, they arrived the next day.

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