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Defrost Timer

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PartSelect Number PS310858
Manufacturer Part Number WR9X489
Manufactured by GE
Product Description

Defrost Timer Specifications

This device acts like a clock. It continually advances and alternates between activating the cooling cycle and the defrost heater.
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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Fridge too warm | Freezer section too warm | Freezer not defrosting | Fridge runs too long
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator.
This part works with the following products:
General Electric, Kenmore, Hotpoint, RCA.
Part# WR9X489 replaces these:
AP2061695, 2578, WR9X489, WR09X0427, WR09X0469, WR09X0488, WR09X0489, WR9X427, WR9X469, WR9X488
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    Christine
    September 11, 2017
    We tested defrost heater already and there was no problem with the heater. How to test the defrost timer? Thanks.
    For model number Csx22gayaww
    Hi Christine, Thank you for the great question, Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator. Step 2: Disconnect the wires from the timer and timer motor. Remove the timer from its brackets by backing out two retaining screws. Step 3: Test the defrost timer with a VOM set to the RX1 scale. Clip one probe of the VOM to each defrost timer -- not motor -- wire, and turn the timer control screw shaft until it clicks. If the defrost timer is functioning, the meter will read zero. If the needle jumps, the defrost timer is faulty. Replace it with a new one of the same type. Step 4: Connect the new defrost timer the same way the old one was connected. Hope this helps!

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    Stewart
    December 1, 2017
    Replaced the defrost timer,plugged it in and the refrigerator will not start.It was running before I put the part in.The issue was it was running all the time.Any suggestions?Part replacement part number was wr9x489.Thank you your website is amazing.
    For model number TFHW27RRAWH
    Hi Stewart, Thank you for the question.I suggest testing the relays on the compressor. You can check for continuity with a Multi Meter. If there is no continuity they will need to be replaced. Hope this helps!

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    Jim
    September 9, 2017
    Freezer cold, but refrigerator warm
    For model number TFX22JWXDWW
    Hi Jim, Thank you for your question. There are a couple of parts that could cause this issue. Your defrost timer is one of them. I would also suggest checking our your defrost heater, defrost thermostat, and your run capacitor. You can test all of those parts with a multi-meter. Good luck with your repair.

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    Mike
    May 8, 2019
    My refrigerator is running all the time and things in the freezer are not freezing completely.The outside of the freezer section near the door has a hot strip that runs most of the length that i can get to. i have went through your site and read reviews and watched the videos. everything points to the defrost timer. i get the "hot strip" so i'm thinking the defrost heater is good. the hot strip goes off and on, so i'm thinking the defrost thermometer is working. i guess i just want to be more than 90% certain that it is the timer before i order one. i haven't done any testing yet. is there a quick way to test the timer to see if it is working correctly? thanks, mike
    For model number tpx24sry
    Hi Mike, Thank you for your question. The defrost timer does fix the issue the majority of the time. This device acts like a clock. It continually advances and alternates between activating the cooling cycle and the defrost heater. To verify if this is the part that is causing the issue, you will need to test it with a multiemeter. If it tests fine, then you will need to check the run capacitor and the defrost thermostat. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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    Alice
    August 13, 2019
    Does this part work for my GE profile side by side refrigerator freezer model tfx25pryd ww?
    For model number TFX25PRYDWW
    Hi Alice, thank you for your question. Yes, this is the part that you are looking for according to your manufacturer and the model number provided. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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    Arnold
    December 4, 2017
    I have tested the new defrost heater & the defrost thermostat ,both have continuity. I'm thinking it might be the defrost timer . My freezer gets to about 25-35 degrees .What is strange is only the lower portion of the condenser coils freeze up and the upper half does not. Is it the problem or is there something else causing this issue with my refrigerator & freezer.....
    For model number TFX25JPCEWW
    Hi Arnold, Thank you for your question. That would be my third guess. You should be able to test your defrost timer the same way that you tested your defrost heater and thermostat. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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    Matteo
    March 26, 2019
    Good day.I had a refrigerator GE model tfx20nw. i had a problem with the timer and the thermostat bimetal. the parts are being replaced but the freezer refrigerator still with the same issues. therefore im interested buying the replacement parts. im interested getting the timer and bimetal thermostat but i would like to know if all the timers have all the same cycles 6/ 8 hours frozen period and 30 min of defrozed cycle and also if i need a bimetal thermostat of the same size proportion of the original piece. the fridge has a new bimetal but i would like to know if it is a problem by using a bimetal of different size or brand. the bridge is kind of old so its very hard to find the original GE pieces and i would like to know your recommendations and what GE parts should i get for my model. thank you for your time and information. best.
    For model number Tfx20nw general electric
    Hi Matteo, Thank you for your questions. The defrost timer should cycle every 8 hours and it is always best to use the parts listed under your model number. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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    Saidy
    February 9, 2018
    My freezer not frosting completely only section and fridge not cold
    For model number TFX22QPDAWW
    Hello Saidy, thank you for your question. I would recommend checking and/or replacing your defrost timer, defrost thermostat, and Defrost Heater Harness Kit. I hope this helps!

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    Radouane
    January 10, 2020
    Do you have a defrost timer that works for my fridge GE gsh25jsress.What is the model number and how much is it. do you have a link on your website for it? thanks
    For model number GSH25JSRESS GE refrigerator
    Hello Radouane, thank you for your question. The defrost control for this unit is controlled by the main control board which is PartSelect Number: PS12069099. I hope this helps!

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    Jerry
    March 24, 2020
    I know I need to replace this part, but how do I know which part to buy?
    Hello Jerry, Thank you for the question. Very sorry but without the model we are not able to locate or verify a part for the appliance. I would recommend contacting the manufacture to see if they are able to narrow down the search and provide you with a part number to the part you need. If you have the part number we can search this in our system to see if we have them available. We hope this helps.

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      Freezer was still simi-cold but refrigerator was not.
      Called a friend that lead me down the right path so i did a search for the part's and found this site. The trouble shooting that outher's had done was the same as mine, I descovered that the coil's in the freezer had frozen up complety. They are located behind a plasic cover in the freezer area, it had frozen up due to the Defrost heater element being defective, when i took it out it was black and burnt looking,It is located at the bottom edge of the coils,2 bolt's and a plug in on each side. That is probally the only part i needed but i went ahead and replaced the sensor and timer also.The sensor wires in the freezer( located on the very top of the coils) had to be cut and the new ones spliced in, only 2 wires and easy access. I also put shrink wrap on the splices to protect them from mosisture. The timer was located in the fridge area by the temp. control knobs. 2 small bolts and a plug in was all on it. It's been 5 day's and so far so good. The worst part was defrosting the frozen coils. This was done with the wife's hair dryer and a couple towel's to soak up the water. Don't just let the water go down the drain hole because the tray that catches it will not hold all the water from the frozen coil's. Just a reminder, don't forget to unplug the unit when working on it. Hope this help's and was very easy install, Cost about $125 in part's and a couple hours of labor(did a good cleaning while it was eampty for the repair) Good luck.
      • Richard from West Alton, MO
      • Difficulty Level:
        Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        30 - 60 mins
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X489, WR51X10055, WR50X122
      438 of 480 people found this instruction helpful.
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      Defroster failure
      Fridge was not really cold. Fan was working at back of freezer. Romoved the drawers and back panel of freezer compartment. Melted ice with a blow dryer and collected water with a towel so that it would not overflow the drip pan. Installed the new defroster units with 4 screws and the easy plug in wiring harness. Bingo! Defrost timer was probably OK but new one is easy to do.

      Fixed in one day vs waiting for service call & payng $$$.
      • Joseph from North Attleboro, MA
      • Difficulty Level:
        Really Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        15 - 30 mins
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver, Screw drivers
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X489, WR51X442
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      Refrigerator temp was warm
      Per the trouble shooting guide on the home page of the website. I suspected the defrost timer was bad because ice had heavily accumulated on the back wall of the freezer compartment and the temperature inside the refrigerator was warm. First, I removed all the freezer racks. Then removed the (4) screws on the back wall in the freezer compartment. I then removed the ben from the ice maker to allow more room. Once I saw all the ice, I unplugged the refrigerator, and used a hair dryer to defrost ( it took about an hour to get it all). Once the ice was all gone, I then moved into the refrigerator compartment and removed the top shelve. This allowed me more room and access to the defrost timer which was behind the back panel. I used the trouble shooting guide to test the old timer prior to removing the new one from the package, (just in case I needed to send it back). Through this test I determined that the timer was bad, it wasn't the heating element or the t-stat. It was very easy to access, I removed the two knobs and lifted up the panel. I located the defrost timer and removed the screws as directed. I replaced the timer just as I had removed it, plugging in the electrical terminals per the removal process. I then reversed the order and put the panel and top shelve back on. Once all complete, I then moved back into the freezer compartment and replace the back panel and then the ice ben. I plugged it in and haven't had a problem since. This site has saved me a tremendous amount of money, a service contractor quoted us $300, to determine the problem. I ordered the part and it was sitting on our door stoop the next morning.
      • Adrian from Louisville, KY
      • Difficulty Level:
        Really Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        1- 2 hours
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X489
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      Fridge would not stay cold
      The appliance is relatively old. Sears estimated the cost around $300 dollars after diagnosing a thermostat problem. Looked online for model and part number and found Partselect.com. Good reputation on BBB. Site was very easy to use, good customer service and quick delivery.

      Replacement was easy. Temp control and timer located inside the appliance. Removed temp knob, plastic cover, light bulb and 1 screw to dislodge housing and unplug power. 4 screws to remove temp control unit and timer from metal housing. Took images before disconnecting connectors.

      Replaced parts, plugged power and re-screwed onto housing. Put back the housing, bulb, plastic cover and knob.

      Plugged in the appliance and turn on the temp control. NOTE: defrost timer needs to be adjusted with flathead to enable the appliance. Once the timer was enabled, unit is functioning normally.

      Saved myself $200.
      • Juan from Brooklyn, NY
      • Difficulty Level:
        Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        15 - 30 mins
      • Tools:
        Pliers, Screw drivers
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X499, WR9X489
      46 of 51 people found this instruction helpful.
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      Frezzer section froze over with ice.
      Couldn't find schematic or repair manual
      Finally found your site which showed the location and part numbers of the timer and heaters.
      I ordered them; they came immediately.
      I replaced only the timer, since it was the easiest and took only a few minutes. Defrosting the frezer coils with a hair dryer took about an hour.
      Rerigerator froze over again in about two weeks.
      I then replaced the heaters. One of the heaters was 'open circuit'.
      • JOSEPH from ORELAND, PA
      • Difficulty Level:
        A Bit Difficult
      • Total Repair Time:
        1- 2 hours
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver, Screw drivers
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X489, WR51X442
      26 of 31 people found this instruction helpful.
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      ref/freezer would not maintain proper temp. Ran all the time or would not come on once it quit running. Freezer would get too warm or ref. would get too cold and freeze contents.
      1. Unplug, remove control knob from both temp control sliders, remove upper light bulb and light shield from refrigerator compartment. 2. Remove screw holding top of bracket control mod in place. 3. Lift bottom tab from slot and remove control mod from ref compartment. 3. Unplug temperature control and defrost timer and replace. (Each are held in place with two screws.) 4. Replace control mod. This part took me the longest because the space between the top of the control mod and the top of the ref. compartment is very small and replacing the nut was difficult. Use a nut driver with a long shaft. 5. Use screw driver to turn control button of defrost timer to start cycle. 6. Replace bulb cover and light bulb. 7. Set temp control to initial setting. 8. Have a Margarita and celebrate. It's been over a week and the refrigerator/freezer is working perfectly.
      • Ronald from Southlake, TX
      • Difficulty Level:
        A Bit Difficult
      • Total Repair Time:
        1- 2 hours
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver, Screw drivers
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X570, WR9X489
      23 of 28 people found this instruction helpful.
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      Freezer would ice up and refrigerator stop cooling
      First i unpluged the power then cleaned everything out of freezer and removed all the drawers and racks them removed the 2 screws at bottem of freezerand removed panel then removed 4 screws on the bulbs and unpluged the wire and took off the sensor and replaced with new one put everthing back. Then on the top of refigerator side on the top behind the adjuster is the defrost timer pulled handle out and off removed plastic shield and removed 2 screws and unplug the timer and change it then put everything back and pluged back in and everything worked in a few minutes
      • Brian from Tallulah, LA
      • Difficulty Level:
        Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        Less than 15 mins
      • Tools:
        Screw drivers, Socket set
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X489, WR51X443
      21 of 23 people found this instruction helpful.
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      Frig would stop working every so often. Lots of food got spoiled.
      Got part overnight. Unscrewed cover plate at top of regerator compartment, disconnected old part, connected new part. Screwed back plate. Voila!

      I saved a bunch of money!
      • Rene from Bronx, NY
      • Difficulty Level:
        Really Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        Less than 15 mins
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X489
      17 of 18 people found this instruction helpful.
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      Refrigerator to warm freezer ok
      The comments from customers experiences gave me the confidence that the defrost timer was the problem since the compressor was still working and it went just as they all said, four 1/4' hex head screws and I had access to the old timer, unplugged the old ,plugged in the new and put the four screws back in. Nothing happened so after a while I looked a bit harder at the accessable part of the timer after intallation and saw what looked like a dial. I turned the dialclockwise and immediatly the compressor turned on. I have not found any information as to how much or little to turn this dial which obviously is an adjustable cycle setting so I just turned it all the way, so far everything is working alright.
      • Christopher from Madison Heights, MI
      • Difficulty Level:
        Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        Less than 15 mins
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X489
      16 of 18 people found this instruction helpful.
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      freezer freezing, refrig warm
      pretty straight forward,removed threw screws to replace the defrost timer and reverse the procedure. To replace the defrost unit 1st removed metal back plate in freezer. Step 2 defrost freezer. step 3 remove four screws that hold defrost elements in freezer compartment. Step 4 install new defrost elements and secure back in place with four screws. step 5 optional read old defrost heaters with ohm meter to confirm the defective part. step 6 plug back in frig and enjoy a cool brewski ahhhhh. By the way only one defrost element was bad (open) but as mentioned in literature which came with new derost elements I replaced both of them. Thanks again for all the help on this, saved me $2000 on a new frig.
      • Tom from Schofield, WI
      • Difficulty Level:
        Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        30 - 60 mins
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver, Screw drivers
      • Parts Used:
        WR9X489, WR51X442
      15 of 20 people found this instruction helpful.
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      This part works with the following models:
      PartSelect Number: PS310858
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