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Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly

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PartSelect Number PS303781
Manufacturer Part Number WR51X10055
Manufactured by GE

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: General Electric, Hotpoint, Kenmore.

This part works with the following products: Refrigerator.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Fridge too warm.
  • Freezer section too warm.
  • Freezer not defrosting.
  • Frost buildup.
  • Freezer too cold.
  • Fridge too cold.
  • Too warm.
  • Fridge and Freezer are too warm.
  • Fridge runs too long.

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Evaporator coils icing up. Replaced defrost thermostat, defrost heater, temperature sensor. Is mother board next? Evaporator fan runs and seems ok feel air flow. Also find that freezer temp controller must be set at Max warm setting #1 to get about 5 deg in freezer. Any recommendations?

Don for model number GSH25IGRBWW
Answer:

Hi Don, Thank you for your inquiry. When humid air passes over your coils, that will cause the ice build up. You have changed most of the major parts that I would think you would have to check. I would also suggest checking your gaskets to see if they are sealing correctly. If your gaskets look fine then you will probably have to look into seeing if there is an issue with your main control board. I hope this helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: josephine from rochester, NY

Coil would freeze up about every 2-3 weeks

took back panel off in freezer.unpluged unit then cut wire to sensor tie in new one wire nut them up and taped.on the heater strip took off two screws and unpluged two wires put the new in same way as taking old one off.I am pleased that the parts from part select came as fast as they did I would for sure buy from them again and prices were very fair.Thank you very much for your service.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Daniel 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 Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: mark 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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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Catherine 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:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: William 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Christopher from Bluffton, SC

Frozen over back wall in freezer - not cold in fridge - top of freezer not freezing

1: unplugged the power to the fridge to allow it to defrost the back wall of the freezer
2: cleaned all the water from the thaw job
3: removed the shelves in the freezer
4: removed freezer light bulb cover, and all screws on the back wall that hold the panel cover over the coils (this is on the inside of the freezer compartment)
5: removed heater element that was obviously burned out -- looked like a burned out light bulb -- the rubber insulator ends were dry cracked
6: replaced with new heater element
7: cut wires to thermostat -- removed old thermostat
8: used wire nuts to connect the new thermostat (used water proof silicone on wire nut connections)
9: reinstalled thermostat to coil, installed back wall panel with screws, and then put the shelves back in
10: set the fridge and freezer to 5


simple as pie -- good luck!

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: barry from HARTFORD CITY, IN

Warm refrigerator, and freezer not defrostt

i replace the defrost thermostat and defrost heater and bracket assembly. i did not know what was wrong with the refrigerator until i found your web site. i would like to thank all the friends who explain this process. this save me the price of a service call. this was a very easy job

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Donald from HAINES CITY, FL

Freezer intermittently thawing and refreezing.

Local repairman was called. He replaced the condenser fan motor as it had an intermittent noise several days before. Cost of the repair was 252.00. Two days later freezer was thawing again. He then came back again and said it was probably the evaporator fan and would replace it for 339. dollars or the mother board which he would replace for 500 dollars. He recommended replacing the unit. Since my unit was still in pristine looking condition I decided to do some further research. That is when I found your web site. After reviewing the possible causes on your site I ordered the defrost themostat and and all three thermistors.As a precaution I also ordered the evaporator fan and defrost heater and bracket Assembly. When the parts arrived I disconnected the power to the unit. Removed the shelves and lower pan. Removed the light shield and light bulb. Reovede the two screws holding the evaporator coil cover. This allowed access to the evaporator themostat. I then cut the wires from the old themostat and removed it from the coil. I then stripped the wires on the colored wires and also cut the wires on the new themostat and stripped those. Then using wire nuts I aatached the wires making sure they were properly color coded. Wrapped with electrical tape and attached the new thermostat to the evaporator coil. I then located the evaporator temperature sensor and removed it from the coil and removed the clip and placed it aside for use on the new sensor. I cut the wires and discarded old sensor. Stripped wires on the new sensor after determining the proper length and stripped the wires where the old one was removed and the using in line connectors I first crimped the wires on the new connector and the crimped both wires to the wires previously cut and stripped. Reinstalled the connector to the clip and clipped it back onto the evaporator coil. I then disconnected the wires attached to the defrost heater bracket assembly, located the two screws holding it to unit and removed it from the unit. I did a continuity check on it and it checked ok but was black so I replaced it as a precaution since I already had a new one. Hung the new unit onto the mounting bracket reinstalled the two mounting screws and reattached the two wires. Reinstalled the evaporator cover making sure to reattach the ground wire clip. Reinstalled screws and light cover and all shelves and pan. Reconneceted electrical power. Unit operated fine for a couple of days and then thawed again. I then retraced the steps removing what I had to remove to replace the evaporator fan motor and replaced it per the installation instructions on your site. The unit has now been operating for five days maintaining -8 degrees in the freezer and 37degrees in the refrigerator. I probably could have done a little more trouble shooting at the main board but didn't want to risk damaging that since I already had the parts I thought would fix the problem if it wasn't the main board. I only replaced the one temperature sensor so I will probably return the two I did not use. Thanks for your excellent "how to"videos.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Daniel from MARANA, AZ

Fresh food compartment of refridgerator not cooling. Water dispenser freezing

I am going to start by talking about the problems. I woke up one beautiful morning around 4 am and grabbed my breakfast and coffee. I was not happy and realized there was a problem when the milk was almost as warm as the coffee. I was confused because I could hear the compressor running and the freezer was cold. On line directed me the right direction but I did not want to believe it. I did eventually confirm the evaporator coils in the freezer were frozen over because the heater was evap coil defrost heater was burnt out (multi-meter). I never realized a refridgerator had a heater, weird. The water dispenser in the freezer door had been freezing up for the past year. I could never find a real problem or solution to fix it. I did not find anything relating the evaporator coils freezing over causing the water line to freeze but thinking about the problem it made sense. The freezer was much cooler than it needed to be to cool the fresh food side. The temp control ensures the freezer is at least a certain temp, it did not limit how cold it would get. The hardest part of the repair was waiting for the part. I installation and reassembly of the freezer was easy. I replaced the cooling fan because the old one looked a little chewed up on the sides. It was not recommended or required. After the repair I was able to feel good airflow in the upper freezer and in the fresh food compartment. I think the fix will effect the temperature, the water line and also should help me get more ice from the ice maker (the freezer ducting feeds cold air to the ice maker area). Good luck.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: chris from GROVE CITY, OH

The eavporator coils were completely frozen which prevented fridge-freezer air circulation

1. Removed all food, shelves, and ice bin from freezer compartment.
2. Removed freezer light hood and unscrewed freezer bulb.
3. Removed rear evaporator cover panel (2 Phillip’s screws, 2 hex screws).
4. Melted ice on coils with hair blow dryer (needed bath towels to collected water).
5. Removed old defrost heater (2 Phillips screws, 2 plug-ins).
6. New heater connected without any adjustments.
7. Replaced evaporator cover ice bin, shelves and food.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Enrique from east stroudsburg, PA

Therefrigerator side was not cooling

I removed the cover on the back of the freezer side of refrigerator to expose the anti freeze element use the hair blow dryer to melt the ice on the coils put 2 towels to colect the water thats wath take me time, to replace the heath element was a 1 minute job.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Wenshui 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Barry 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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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Heater and Bracket Assembly
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: jerome 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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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Sandra from Ridgeland, MS

Coils in freezer icing, running constantly, stopped cooling in frig side

Simply detached two screws from defrost heater & bracket assembly, pulled out plugs at each end, and plugged in new part, reattached screws.

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