Defrost Timer

PartSelect Number PS310869

This refrigerator defrost timer will cycle for twenty-five minutes after every six hours of run time. The timer itself is made of plastic, and its terminals are bent, the leads are internal, and the label is orange.

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.
  • Leaking water.
  • Refrigerator runs too long.
  • Freezer section too cold.
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Parts Used

  • Defrost Timer

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerNancy from Hamburg NY

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popped off front grille, removed 2 screws for bracket, then had to remove one screw for timer. unplugged old timer, reversed procedure, all works.

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Timer

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerWanda from Cabins WV

Refrigerator was not cooling but the freezer worked fine.

My husband put on the defrost timer. At first I thought the part was not going to fix the problem. After about 5 hours my refrigerator was still warm. I went to work and when I got home that evening my refrigerator was cooling and down to 28 degrees. So if you replace this part wait at least 12-24 hours. Give it time to stablize. My husband says it has to go through its cycle. It works on a 24 hour timer. My refrigerator is working fine and this has saved me alot of money. My husband says, once you put on the timer you may have to use a flat screwdriver and turn the small dial clockwise one click to start it. He removed the kick grill and replaced the part. Dont forget to shut breaker off to replace this part. Turn power back on and start the timer. We are so happy that we now have a working refrigerator.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerJames from Glendale CA

Refrigerator unable to cool below 50 degrees

The defrost timer was very easy to replace. Two screws and one electrical bracket and that was it. The defrost thermostat required the removal of the freezer shelves and rear panel. A philips for the panel screws and a slotted screw driver to wedge in-between the side and rear panel. The rear panelcame right out. The defrost thermostat is very accessible simply mounted to a metal bracket on the evaporator coil. My only problem was the new thermostat did not include instructions or a picture of a correct installation. The old thermostat did not seem it was installed correctly and it wasn't. It was simply hanging away from the evaporator coil, sort of out in space. Seeing the "V" shape on the new thermostat and metal mounting bracket configuration it was simple to see that it was suppose to fit snug against the evaporator coil. In addition to using the provided twist-on wire insolators I soldered the two electrical connections leading from the frig to the new thermostat. Reverse the above procedure and the job it finished. Now running better than new.

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerGary from Palm Coast FL

Refrigerator section would slowly warm up.

Reading other after action write-ups I diagnosed the problem to be either the defrost timer or defrost thermostat so I decided to replace both. The timer was hard to find. Turns out it was inside the kickplate grill which made it hard to demount and remount while maneuvering the wire connector around. Just took a few minutes longer than expected. The thermostat was inside the freezer compartment requiring the refrig to be off and defrosted (heavy ice buildup on the coils confirmed diagnosis). Had to cut old thermostat wires and reattach new with crimp style wire nuts (provided with thermostat). Directions said to use silicone sealant in wire nuts - NOT provided. Need to attach new thermostat on top of coils with tie wrap (not provided). Overall reasonably easy with great results. Parts arrived very fast.

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  • Defrost Timer

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerDonald from worthington OH

Refrigerator would not defrost

Look were timer was located, in my refigerator is next to the dial to ajust the temperature. used a screwdriver to get panel off. replaced timer then used a straight screwdriver to advance timer to turn on compessor . monitor temperature . checked out.

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  • Defrost Timer

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerP. Michael from Tustin CA

Ice in freezer running down sides

This is a built-in unit. Remove the external bezel at the top of the unit. Reach through the unit and unplug the frig. On the compressor unit, you'll see a vertical metal panel. Remove the metal panel and the timer is right behind it. Remove one wire at a time and switch it to the new timer. Remove timer and replace with new one.

Just an added comment, GE Service wanted to put an "ice kit" into my unit. The full repairs would have cost $1,000. While I described how to replace the defrost timer, the problem was the tray heater. But that's another story.

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  • Defrost Timer

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerRobert from Williamstown NY

Defrost system kept freezing up

took out 4 screws - lowered timer cover - replaced timer- put it back together

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver

Customererik from cut bank MT

The freezer worked but the refrigerator did not cool. The freezer iced up and did not defrost.

Replaced the defrost timer . It plugged in under the cover for the lights and controls in the refrigerator area. Replaced the deforst thermosat, took the rear cover off (at the back of the freezer) , cut the two wires and relaced the thermosat using wire nuts. Total repair time 30 minutes.

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  • Defrost Timer

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerBruce from Silver Spring MD

Bad defrost timer

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Timer

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

CustomerBen from Warrior AL

Refridgerator wouldn't cycle into defrost mode without doing it manually.

I removed the shield over the timer and the part that supported the timer. Just unpluged it and pluged in new timer and put back shield. I had already replaced the defrost heaters which had totally burned up. I also replaced the thermostat while I was making the repairs although the old one was still o.k. All the information that I needed to make the repairs I obtained through your website. After looking at several websites to compare prices-etc, I found yours to be the best overall. Thanks-a-million your website is worth it's weight in Cold Food !

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Parts Used

  • Defrost Timer

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerJohn from Mesa AZ

Old timer quit working.

Installed the new timer.

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