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423801-1-S-Frigidaire-215846602         -Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
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Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V

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PartSelect Number PS423801
Manufacturer Part Number 215846602
Manufactured by Frigidaire

Defrost timers are part of the defrost circuit in your refrigerator and freezer. This timer cycles the defrost heater on and off. For every eight hours, the appliance timer will cycle for 30 minutes. The defrost heater is what melts the frost buildup on the evaporator coils, and it can prevent your freezer from frosting up. If your timer fails, the heater will not get the energy it needs to run, and frost will continue to build up. Test the defrost thermostat and the defrost heater with a multi-meter. If they are in working order it is likely that the defrost timer is the faulty component of the circuit and needs to be replaced. Before you begin this repair make sure the appliance has been unplugged.

This part works with the following brands: Frigidaire, Kenmore, Gibson, Kelvinator, Tappan, Uni, Westinghouse, Crosley, Electrolux.

This part works with the following products: Refrigerator, Dryer.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Fridge too warm.
  • Freezer section too warm.
  • Freezer not defrosting.
  • Will Not Start.
  • Leaking.
  • Fridge runs too long.
  • Freezer too cold.
  • Fridge too cold.
  • Fridge and Freezer are too warm.
  • Frost buildup.
  • Noisy.
  • Too warm.

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Question:

Had freezer worked on does the defrost timer need to be set a certain way?

harry
Answer:

Hello Harry, that is a great question. No, the defrost timer does not need to be set, once it's installed just turn the power back on and it should be good to go. Hope this helps!

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Henry D from PETERSTOWN, WV

Sometimes it would go into defrost and would not go back to cooling.

I called the repairman who diagnosed the problem as a thermostat then had to order a thermostat took about 2 weeks to get back and install (cost little over $100). did good for about two weeks and same problem reoccured. I decided it was defrost timer and ordered from this site for $19.95 including shipping. I got on ( you tube ) and got instructions(recommend you tube) for DIY install about 15 to 20 minutes. Has been running great for about 3 weeks. ( YOU TUBE IS GREAT FOR A DIY REPAIR ON ABOUT ANYTHING)

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: James from VOLANT, PA

Defrost heater not working; defrost timer not rotating so coils ice up

Checked for continuity in heater, defrost thermostat and defrost timer. Heater good; not sure about thermostat or timer. Replaced thermostat - no change. Replaced timer - rotating and heater working.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Curt from Maple Grove, MN

Freezer too cold

Removed the housing with the light, 4 hexhead screws. This exposed the defrost timer, removed 2 hexhead screws, electrical connector and reassembled the unit.

Great resource and service, thank you.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: James from Hanover, ME

Freezer frosted up, refrigerator compartment heated up

I removed the housing at the top of the refrigerator compartment that contained the reefer light and temperature adjustment knob. This required a small nut-driver. Inside, I found the old defrost control, unplugged it, unscrewed it with a Phillips screwdriver, and replaced it with the replacement part. Then I replaced the housing to its original position.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Vernon from Granada Hills, CA

Old defrost timer noisy during operation

First I removed the plastic grill (pulled out, no screws) from bottom of refrigerator, then I removed electrical plug & two screws from old timer (timer located on the front inside left lower side of refrigerator). Installed in reverse order.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Les from Fenton, MO

Freezer icing up and refrigerator section not cold

Removed four screws for cover on refrigerator temperature controls, unpluged old timer and pluged in new timer. Replaced cover and screws.

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3 of 4 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Edward from Middletown, DE

Only freezer was cold, frig warm

removed all items from frig.. removed shelves, loosened one screw on each slide bracket and moved them down and out of the way of the rear panel....removed 6 screws in rear panel...removed all ice on coils with a heat gun...located defrost stat, replaced...crimped wires...re-installed rear panel and shelves! On left side of frig. in front bottom..located defrost timer..removed trim piece, loosened 2 screws....removed and replaced defrost timer...plugged in the frig. and it started!!!!

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: John from San Diego, CA

The refrigerator wasn't cold enough.

I removed the plastic shroud on the ceiling of the refigerator, unscrewed and unplugged the old defrost timer, and replaced it with the new one. I reinstalled the shroud with the new timer installed.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: James from N RICHLND HLS, TX

Refrigerator too warm

The parts were easily replaceable. No special instructions needed. Just identify and remove and replace. I didn't know which specific part needed to be replaced (both reported to fix my problem) but neither part was very expensive so I replaced both. No special tools needed. 1/4" nutdriver and phillips head screwdriver. Repair took about 30 minutes. I did have to make an adjustment on the defrost timer (a small dial on the unit) I just set it how the old part was set. I immediately knew it was going to work when I plugged the refrigerator back in and the fan motor inside the freezer kicked on. Easy peesy...

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: geoffrey from lawrence, KS

Evaporator freezing up/no defrost cycle

The defrost timer is faily easy to replace, first unplug the unit, then remove the toe gaurd, then lay on the floor with your light and phillips screwdriver, locate the 2 screws at the lower left side, remove them and the timer and it's shield will drop down. unplug the old timer, plug the new one in and re-install everything. The temp sensor is located in the back of the freezer compartment. Again make sure the unit is unplugged, remove freezer shelves and lower basket, then with a 1/4" nut driver, remove the screws holding the rear panel on, remove the panel and locate the sensor on the upper evaporator tube, unclip it and disconnect the 2 wires, reverse procedure and plug it back in. Not to get on a soap box, but this is the 3rd time i have had the same problem with this unit, plus several other problems.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: David from Seattle, WA

The freezer coils were frosting up

Removed the back panel of the freezer. Unplugged the defrost cycle thermostat and replace with a new one.
Removed the bottom cover in front of the refrer. removed the defrost timer, plugged new timer in. manually tripped the defrost timer. checked the defrost heater for operation. Checked OK, replaced covers, works like a champ

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Shannon from Bluefield, WV

Refrigerator coil frozen up and kept the refrigerator from cooling

Remove front cover below door, remove 2 screws attaching the defrost timer to the refrigerator frame.
Unplug wiring harness plug from timer an install new one.
Remove metal cover in back of the freezer compartment. unpug the two wires going to the thermostat, remove the thermostat { thermostat is held onto the cooling coil with a clip} , remove thermostat and replace with new one

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools:
Customer: Bob from Pinole, CA

Frost in freezer, fridge not cold

From most posts I've read, the defrost timer was the culprit so I blindly ordered one. Easy install but did not fix the problem so I broke out the ohm meter. The only other 2 items it could be all tested good with my meter so I bypassed the defrost thermostat (per forum help...actually quite easy)and it defrosted fine, which told me I needed a new defrost thermostat. Installed fairly easy and problem gone.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Rita from Lake Luzerne, NY

First fresh food too hot, then freezer too hot

Based on the website I decided it was most probably the defrost timer, and that was correct. I ordered it, watched the video, and two days later the part was at my door. Took the nut driver, removed 4 screws, then removed the old defrost timer, installed the new one, re-installed the whole plastic assembly with the four screws, and done!!! Couldn't have been easier.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Walter from Newcomb, MD

Not cooling

removed control unit at top of fridge,that houses light ect.
4 screws,replaced plug in repair part
the $25 dollar part from partselect.com saved me the 270.00 estimated repair charge Quoted by sears

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