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Defrost Timer

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PartSelect Number PS11723171
Manufacturer Part Number W10822278
Manufactured by Whirlpool

This refrigerator defrost timer kit is designed to fix issues with your refrigerator temperature as well as symptoms such as the defrost cycle not working, build up of ice in the freezer, and unfamiliar noises from the timer. This device acts like a clock by continually switching between the cooling cycle and defrost heater, depending on the temperature of the refrigerator. If this part is not working, it can lead to temperature fluctuations in your refrigerator. Search for your model number to ensure the correct part is ordered. The tools used for this replacement is a 1/4 inch nut driver and Phillips head screwdriver.

This part works with the following brands: Kenmore, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Roper, Amana, Estate, Crosley, Inglis, Caloric, Magic Chef, Maytag.

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

This part fixes the following symptoms:

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

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Question:

Purchased a defrost timer but can not figure out to which pin to connect the black wire to

Jose for model number rt21lmxkq04
Answer:

Hi Jose, Thank you for your question. We have a video that should show you how to do that. Here is the url for that video: https://youtu.be/sid2K9W_ums . Good luck with your repair.

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Question:

Bought the defrost timer thinking it would solve issue freezer bit cool but nothing on fridge side, when i.Put new timer, nothing happens, if i.Put the old one back in u can hear compressor hum, but nothing on fridge side again, could it be thermostat problem also??

Mario for model number ST14CKXKQ01
Answer:

Hi Mario, Thank you for your inquiry. If your fridge and freezer section are too warm, the majority of the time it is the capacitor that fixes the issue. Another part you may have to check is the evaporator fan motor. To verify which part is causing the issue you will need to use a multimeter. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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11 of 15 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Maxine from Birmingham, AL

Would not cycle

removed the defrost timer and replaced with new unit now i have a refrigerator again

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7 of 8 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Brandon from Fort Wayne, IN

My refrigerator ran constantly and never got cold!

On a whim I looked into what it would take to fix my garage older 2nd fridge. I was thinking I needed a new seal, but when I checked the website there was a great troubleshooter. I would have never guessed that the defrost timer was what would cause it not to ever get cold. After a fairly simple repair the freezer is colder than ever and I actually had to turn it down. The only complication was the fridge was stuck in a defrost cycle so I had to reset the timer to get the refrigerator running. Thanks so much for a super helpful site for a do-it-yourselfer like me.

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8 of 11 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Yolanda B from Waterville, ME

Refrigerator wouldn't kick on unless we tapped the thermostat knob and then the freezer would frost up because it wouldn't kick off

Unplugged the refrigerator and then removed the knobs and face plate inside, by removing the screws. I then removed the screws holding the thermostat and unplugged the Thermostat assembly, and replaced it with the new one, then removed the defrost timer and replaced with the new one. I then replaced the screws and the face plate, then the knobs. I plugged the refrigerator and it kicked on right away. Within a half hour we had it running and at the right temperature. It was so easy I think my wife could have done it!

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6 of 10 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Ronald from Martinsville, IL

Refrigerator had shut down

Went on line ,ordered part on Friday afternoon ,Fedex was at my house Saturday Morning,,THIS SERVICE IS GREAT ,,THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING SO FAST

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4 of 5 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: John from Redmond, WA

Freezer was dripping water into refrigerator below

Removed the old timer from the housing. The replacement came with good instructions. I followed the instructions corresponding to the color wires in my unit. The first time it was installed, the fridge did not come on and the temperature rose after a couple hours. Looked at the part and realized the defrost cycle must have kicked in. Needed to slightly turn the gray slotted part to initiate the timer so it would stop the defrost and start the fridge. That did it! It must have advanced the timer so it could accumulate run time. Whole repair saved us $3000 in a new fridge.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Dana from Canyon Lake, TX

Freezer would periodically allow things to partially thaw out

First, I removed the two thermostat knobs, then the snap-on plastic cover. Then, I removed the 4 screws holding the housing for the timer, thermostats, etc., and dropped it down enough to remove the timer and the wiring harness going into it. Installing the new one was the same process, in reverse. Quite simple!

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5 of 9 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Gerald from Orangeburg, SC

3 inches of frost in fridge, 72 degrees in fridgerator

First defrosted it to makes sure all Air flow was opened. Tested the Defroster heater with omh meter, it was OK. Found the location of the defrost timer on the online diagrams. Used nut driver to remove cover.
Replaced timer. The hardest part was decieding how to wire it up, tis was a universal kit and depending on how it was wired as to how often the defrost ran. The firt choice was every 8 hours. Since this was going to be opened often, I picked that one.
Plugged it with in 24 hrs freezer wall mesured -5 and the fridge was at 30, so had to warm it up a bit.
Now all complaints gone, Ice making has been doing better also.

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7 of 16 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: TERRY from LAKELAND, FL

Water leaking into bottom of refridgerator cabinet

First I turned off the refrigerator and allowed it to defrost. I had to use a blow dryer to save time since it iced up so bad. Removed all the racks, ice maker, and back panel in the freezer. Found the bimetal defrost thermostat, cut it loose from wiring harness and attached new one by matching the wires and reconnecting with two butt connectors. I then ran the hot blow dryer on the drain in the rear until the ice melted and it was open again since it was frozen up causing the water in the bottom of the refrigerator. Reassembled freezer compartment. Then I replaced the defrost timer by removing two screws, lowering the refridgerator control box. Removed old timer and installed the new one. I broke both studs used to hold it tight trying to pry them off but there was enough left to drop the timer in place without fasteners, you can not easily use the screws provided due to the location of the timer. Reconnected the wires as shown in the installion instruction and the wiring schematic found in the control box. Reassembled the control box and plugged in refrigerator. Waited about 15 minutes for it to recycle and problem was solved. Inially I thought something was wrong because it did not come on instantly but after 15-20 minutes it cut on and got cold. I replaced both components that typically cause the problem but you can determine exactly which one or both using an ohm meter. I did the entire job myself for just parts which is less than $75. 00 For a service call. Thanks, you folks are the greatest.

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3 of 5 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: ray from palm bay, FL

Fridge stopped cooling

I replaced the defrost relay folling instructions I read on the internet--and it still didn't work--So I replaced the compressor start relay which was easier than the defrost relay--it worked and the fridg is working good.

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2 of 3 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Victor from Colton, CA

The refridgerator will not run

After the front panel was removed, disconnected the timer and installed new in reverse order. The provided instructions could be more straight forward, I spent more time reading it than the installation itself.

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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Jeffrey from HOLLYWOOD, MD

Freezer would stop operation either during defrost cycle or normal operation and would intermittently start after the fridge thawed out.

I took apart the thermostatic switch and cleaned the contacts (noticed carbon or corrosion dust beneath the switch). I installed the old switch back in the fridge until new switch arrived. This seemed to solve the problem. I ordered a new thermostatic switch and a new defrost timer since these two items if defective, cause similar symptoms to my problem. I replaced both items and the refrigerator has worked normally since. Replacing both parts was straight forward process. Hope this helps.

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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Lillian from AUSTIN, TX

Freezer and refrigerator too warm

followed directions

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: charles from REDDING, CA

Warm refrigerater

Followed instructions from ideoo

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: anthony from NORCROSS, GA

Freezer no longer frost free.

Reviewed Youtube video as a reference. Unplugged refrigerator. Removed old defrost timer. Matched the color of the wiring harness to the diagram that came with the part. Attach new part to wiring harness.

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4 of 10 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Cecelia from Garden City, TX

Freezer made lots of ice and refrigerator didn't cool

The Defrost Timer is located in Refrigerator section (not the freezer) where your temperture guages are. Move panel and replace the non working Defrost Timer with the new one. It took my husband about 30-40 mins to fix. This was about 2 weeks ago and my Freezer and Refrigerator are working like new. I bought this Kenmore Reftigerator brand new in 1996 and I lost the manuel to it. Thanks to my daughter who found the Defrost Timer on the Internet, I thought I was going to have to buy a new one. This was real easy to fix. The instructions that came with the part was easy to understand and very self explanatory. It also had very good diagrams to follow.

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