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Replacing your Kenmore Refrigerator Defrost Timer
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Defrost Timer W10822278

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PartSelect Number PS11723171
Manufacturer Part Number W10822278
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Defrost Timer Specifications

The Defrost Timer (Defrost control) acts like a clock by switching on the defrost heater circuit after a predetermined amount of compressor run time. This allows the defrost circuit to clear the evaporator of ice or frost to maintain proper airflow. If this part is not working, it can lead to temperature increases in your refrigerator. If the compressor circuit fails, no cooling will take place; if the defrost circuit isn't activated, ice will quickly build up on the evaporator coils and reduce airflow and efficiency. If the timer doesn't advance or if the contacts have no continuity, the timer will need to be replaced. This part is located inside of the control housing on most models, and is approximately 3 inches long and 2.5 inches wide. This part is constructed of plastic and metal, and comes in white. It features 1 defrost timer, along with all necessary mounting hardware and installation instructions
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Difficulty: Easy | Tools Required: Screw drivers,Nutdriver
Repair Tip: This 8-hour defrost timer will replace most other defrost timers.

Replacing your Kenmore Refrigerator Defrost Timer

Replacing your Kenmore Refrigerator Defrost Timer

What Causes Frost Buildup in Your Fridge?

What Causes Frost Buildup in Your Fridge?

How to Troubleshoot a Problem in the Defrost Cycle

How to Troubleshoot a Problem in the Defrost Cycle

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This part fixes the following symptoms:
Fridge too warm | Freezer not defrosting | Freezer section too warm | Leaking
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator, Freezer.
This part works with the following products:
Kenmore, Whirlpool, Amana, KitchenAid.
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Freezer No Longer Cools
Our spare 25+ year old Kitchenaid refrigerator (side-by-side model) refused to produce cold air. I could hear mechanical sounds and things "clicking", but the temps kept raising. This specific unit only had cooling coils in the freezer, and some ducts that route cold air into the fridge.

I emptied the refrigerator completely, removed the ice cube bin and shelves, and left it unplugged for two days with the doors open. Once everything was dry, I plugged the unit back in -- within 8-10 hours, the unit was cold again. Lights worked, and fans in the freezer and back of unit worked. However... once the compressor turned off, it never came back on. This told me that the root cause lies with components that control when to turn off/on the cold flowing into the coils.

I looked up my model on PartSelect website, and looked through their "likely to fail" list for my model. The defrost thermostat and defrost timer were at the top of the list, and symptoms made sense. Those two parts arrived within a week. The defrost timer was easy to install -- unplug old, plug in new. The defrost thermostat involved cutting existing wires, stripping a small section of sheathing, and attaching the wires to the new part with crimp caps and electrical tape. The electrical tape was there to cover the exposed area of the crimp cap and bundle the wires together. (I used 3M's "Super 33+".) Finally, reattach the harness to the socket, and attach the other plugs and grounding clamp.

After re-attaching the rest of the required components, I plugged the unit back in. After about 24 hours, it had gone through at least one cycle and was appropriately cold. After letting it churn for another couple days and watching it closely, I felt confident that the problem had been fixed.

** Side Notes **

Definitely use caution around the fins on the coil. For my unit, the harness plug is directly above the fins, and required some effort to safely remove while not slicing up my hands. Extra long screwdrivers and patience helps a lot. Put a wedge behind the wheels of the refrigerator so that it doesn't back away from you while you work. And, of course, do all this while it is unplugged.

** For the PartSelect Website Maintainers **

If possible, please provide some better guidance on where to place the lead coming off the defrost timer. The Youtube video was nice, but some clarity on which pole/spade to attach it to (and where to find that info, besides "consult your manual") would help many people.
Other Parts Used:
Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer
  • STEPHEN from FENTON, MO
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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freezer section freezing up ( not defrosting )
ordered the parts ,defrost timer and bi-metal thermostat,assumed it would be more practical to replace both than take a chance . watched a video on how to disassemble the control panel and remove the the timer and the back panel of freezer for the bi-metal thermostat,very clear instructions provided .took about 25 minutes to replace both parts and now is working properly again,,Thanks Again PartSelect for the fast service and delivery
Other Parts Used:
Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer
  • John from COLUMBIA, LA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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The frig was running too long. the frig was warm the freezer cold
Check for Video if any, watch 2X. The parts may look different (but not this time) Unplug.Defrost timer-dropped the control panel in the frig. the defrost timer sits right in the middle switch it out.Turn the timer to be set on the on cycle. Wasn't sure if the Bimetal thermostat was bad too so for a little over $20. I changed that too.- in the freezer- remove the metal panel and fan cover. its clipped on to the element tubing on the right. cut the wire. Splice the wire to connect the new one then cover with wire nuts. replace cover, plug in. use frig thermometer to verify temperature.
Other Parts Used:
Bimetal Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer
  • MARY from S RICHMOND HL, NY
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Defrost timer erratic and temp control thermostat malfunctioning
Watched a couple of videos, locked out electrical breaker, disassembled controls housing and replaced parts.
Other Parts Used:
Defrost Timer Temperature Control Thermostat
  • David from Dayton, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Freezer to warm
Watched the videos and made it simple.
Other Parts Used:
Bimetal Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer
  • Mike from DANSVILLE, NY
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Refrigerator coils froze up and 5 weeks later it got stuck in defrost.
The parts were reasonably priced, shipped promptly and received in a couple of days. I reviewed a YouTube video before starting that was beneficial. Huge savings over retail repair service. A+ replacement parts house and I would highly recommend.
  • LES from GRAY, TN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Pliers, Screw drivers
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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.
Other Parts Used:
Thermostat Assembly Defrost Timer
  • Jeffrey from HOLLYWOOD, MD
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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freezer and refrigerator too warm
followed directions
Other Parts Used:
Bimetal Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer
  • Lillian from AUSTIN, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Warm refrigerater
Followed instructions from ideoo
  • charles from REDDING, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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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.
  • anthony from NORCROSS, GA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Jose
October 5, 2017
Purchased a defrost timer but can not figure out to which pin to connect the black wire to
For model number rt21lmxkq04
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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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Dustee
May 24, 2019
I cannot figure out where the black wire goes for my refrigerator. Can you help?
For model number 10671184101
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Hello Dustee, thank you for your question. Find your defrost timer and look at the colors of the wires that plug into you timer. If you have black, pink, red, and orange wires, put the black jumper on the #2 terminal. If you have orange, pink, white, and red, put it over the #1 terminal. Hope this helps!

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Gary
November 6, 2017
Where can I find the defrost timer?
For model number ST14CKXHW00
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Hi Gary,Thank you for the question. The Defrost Timer is located inside the control box housing where the light bulb and the Thermostat control is located.Hope this helps!

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Darryl
April 25, 2018
Where is this located and my fridge comes on for a long period and then shuts of for a long period changed the start relay but will this part fix it
For model number ED22PEXHW02
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Hi Darryl, Thank you for the question. Here is a link to the video on how to install the timer. It will show where it is located. Hope this helps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sid2K9W_ums

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Bob Falso
January 5, 2018
Ice build up on back wall in fridge causing water to leak into lower part of fridge. I replaced the bimetal defrost thermostat and heater defrost. What else should i try? Thanks
For model number ET8MTKXKQ02
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Hi Bob, Thank you for your question. If you have have already replaced the bi-metal defrost thermostat and the defrost timer, there are some other parts that you will need to check to see which one is causing the issue. You will need to check the defrost heater, fresh food door gasket, the ice maker and the air diffuser. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Tom
January 5, 2018
The fridge is way too cold and the freezer is way too warm?? thanks!
For model number ET22DKXXN
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Hello Tom, Thank you for your inquiry. We would recommend checking the following parts to fix your issue: the evaporator fan motor, the condenser fan motor, the damper control, the defrost timer, the defrost thermostat, and the cold control thermostat. You can test the parts with a multimeter. If you are unfamiliar with how a multimeter functions, there are YouTube videos available to assist you. Hope this helps!

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Jeffrey
November 12, 2017
The freezer and fridge will stop cooling periodically and will sometimes come back on but if i turn the fridge switch to off then back on it will start to cycle again it’s like it sticks in defrost.
For model number ED25UEXHW01
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Hi Jeffrey, Thank you for the question. This sounds like a defective Thermostat Assembly. I suggest testing the Thermostat with a multi meter to check for resistance. You can also test the Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat.The best way to do this is to remove the thermostat from the refrigerator so you can control the temperature of the sensor. You can let the sensor warm up to room temperature. With the sensor warmed up to room temperature the sensor should read approximately 6.2K Ohms at 68°F. With the thermistor submerged is a glass full of ice water, the sensor should be very close to 32°F which should read approximately 16.3K Ohms. If the values that you are getting are far off from these readings, then the sensor is bad and should be replaced. Hope this helps!

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Mario
August 12, 2017
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??
For model number ST14CKXKQ01
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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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Brian
June 30, 2021
Does the black wire on the replacement defrost timer go on terminal 1 or 2 for this Whirlpool refrigerator model?
For model number ED19EKXP
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Hello Brian, thank you for your question. The black lead wire on the timer will go to terminal number 1 on the new timer. I hope this helps.

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Dave
December 9, 2017
What procedure do I use to install the defrost timer kit for my model?
For model number KSRF26DTAL00
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Hello Dave, Thanks for your question. You will need to disconnect the power from the fridge to begin with. The defrost timer is in the right-hand side of the control housing of the fridge. Unscrew the panel and remove it. Afterwards, remove the old defrost timer and replace it. We recommend taking a picture of the wires to ensure they are properly replaced. We also have a video online for installing the part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sid2K9W_ums I hope this helps.

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