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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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Question:

Is there some way to know it is the defrost timer that is bad? I'd hate to buy the part and find out that doesn't fix the problem...fridge not cold enough, I cleaned the back coils and fan and now it also runs constantly.

Terri for model number FRT21IL4FW8
Answer:

Hi Terri, Thank you for the question. You can 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. It is also a good idea to check the door gasket. When the room is dark, you can put a flash light into the fridge and close the door and see if there is light coming through anywhere around the gasket. Hope this helps!

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Question:

First, the fridge was warm and the freezer was working and was iced in the back. I unplugged it and let it defrost. I took the back off the inside of the freezer to visually check the defrost thermostat. It looked ok. I put the back on again and plugged it in. The light came on in the fridge, but the refrigerator did not start running. Does this mean it is done for and I need a new fridge?

Terri for model number FRT21IL4FW8
Answer:

Hi Terri, Thank you for the question. Sounds like you need to replace the Defrost Timer. 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 and can cause the temperature in the fridge to rise. Hope this helps!

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Question:

Where is the defrost timer located on our refrigerator and how do we get to it?

Lee Ann Blue for model number FGUB2642LE2
Answer:

Hello Lee Ann, thank you for contacting us. The model you provided does not have a defrost timer, it is controlled by the circuit board. Hope this helps!

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Question:

My refrigerator-freezer is over 20 years old. For the last several days, i have noticed that some water comes out from the screws on the left side of the freezer particularly when i open the freezer widely. Since i cannot find the copy of the manual for this refrigerator-freezer (14.2 cubic feet). Also, i have noticed that the freezer does not run as often as before and appears to be a bit warm. Please inform me as to what the problem may be or should i start thinking about buying another refrigerator-freezer. Thanks for your help. Michael

Michael for model number White-Westinghouse Ref.-Freezer Model RT 156H
Answer:

Hello Michael, thank you for contacting us. The fridge components may just need a good cleaning. The coils at the back of the fridge by the compressor and condenser fan should be clean of all dust or debris. You can also remove the panel in the freezer to make sure the coils in there are not iced up, while you have that off you can make sure the evaporator fan is working properly, as that is what circulates the cool air into the fridge. It could also be as you mentioned, the defrost timer or the thermostat. The thermostat can be tested with a multi-meter. Hope this helps!

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Question:

Where is the defrost timer located on this side by side model, I can't seem to find it anywhere. Seems to be well hidden?

Greg for model number FRS22ZRGD1
Answer:

Hi Greg, Thank you for the question. The defrost timer on your model number is located down at the bottom of the appliance. You may need to open the door and remove the kick plate grill. Down in the bottom corner on the left side there will be a cover you can remove to expose the timer. Hope this helps!

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Question:

Purchased a new defrost timer online pn 215846602 ,,, i can not find where the timer is located... removed the outer cover in the center & rear of freezer, not there searched google for hours to no avail...

Sam for model number Frigidaire FPDA-14TK
Answer:

Hello Sam, thank you for contacting us. We have a how to video on our youtube channel that will show you how to access and replace that timer. You can click on the link below, hope this helps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKYvssvclvA

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Most Recent

Question:

Where is the defrost timer located on this model

Abdul for model number LFUS2613LE0
Answer:

Hi Abdul, Thank you for your question. This part actually does not belong in your model. Good luck with your repair.

Question:

I have 2 questions. Is this part # 215846602 the correct defrost timer, and where is the defrost timer located on my refrigerator?

Kent for model number FRS26BRDSB5
Answer:

Hi Kent, Thank you for the question. Your model number has the timer built into the Adaptive Defrost Control Board,PartSelect Number PS2582247. The board is located in behind the controls. Hope this helps!

Question:

Where is the defrost timer located on this frigidarie?

Daniel for model number FRT22IRSHB3
Answer:

Hi Daniel, Thank you for your question. This part is located on the bottom left hand corner of your fridge. You may have to get at it through the kickplate at the bottom of your fridge. Good luck with your repair.

Question:

Where is the defrost heater located

Leah Ann for model number FRS26ZTHB5
Answer:

Hi Leah Ann, Thank you for the question. The Defrost Heater is located at the back of the appliance with the coils. Hope this helps!

Question:

What if your refrigerator is constantly running, making loud noise but the fridge or freezer is not getting cold. Both are warm.

Jesse for model number MRT17CRAW0
Answer:

Hi Jesse, Thank you for your inquiry. I would suggest checking your run capacitor, defrost thermostat, and your defrost timer to see if any of these parts are malfunctioning for you. Good luck with your repair.

Question:

Our cold control and defrost timer, has a round tape shield over the to tiny holes in the back. Is it suppose to come off or stay on?

Greg for model number MRS22WNGGW5
Answer:

Hi Greg, Thank you for your inquiry. For your new part, you would not need that on the new part. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair!

Question:

Hi I have a Frigidaire refrigerator that is not working right..it's a double door model plhs67egsb2 ..the bottom of the freezer is cold..the top is warmer and the refrigerator side is warm..the evaporator coils had ice on top and it doesn't appear that the evaporator fan is coming on? I defrosted and retried..no fan operation..the condenser was cleaned and that fan is working? not sure where the defrost timer is located on my model plhs67egsb2 ..please help thanks Joe P.S The compressor is working ( coming on) and the condenser fan is working as well

Joseph for model number plhs67egsb2
Answer:

Hi Joseph, Thank you for contacting us. The defrost timer for your model number is actually part of the main control board. I suggest testing the Defrost Thermostat.If you find that there is excessive frost in your freezer, or the freezer will not defrost, you may need to replace the defrost thermostat. Hope this helps!

Related Parts: Defrost Thermostat Kit
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18 of 25 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: John from Cedar Park, TX

The refrigerator portion would range in temperature from 30 degrees to 65 degrees every 24 hours, freezer would sometimes get warm

Removed the temperature control dial,took out the 3 screws that hold the cover for the thermostat and defrost timer, disconnected both the defrost timer and thermostat and replaced with new items. The refrigerator temperature has now been staple for one week.

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17 of 23 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Todd from Thornton, CO

Fridge warming but freezer still frozen

I ordered a defrost timer and defrost thermostat from partselect.com. Parts arrived in 2 days (earlier than expected). Unplugged appliance, removed bottom cover, unscrewed 2 screws holding timer in place, unplugged timer and replaced with new part. Fastened back into place. Next removed back cover of freezer (5 screws using nut driver). Disconnected old thermostat and removed. Wires already had connectors installed. cut off the connectors with some wire left on and reconnected them to the new thermostat with the included blue wire crimps. Tried to use the shrink tube to insulate but couldn't get it snug enough. Just used electrical tape instead. Reinstalled thermostat. Reassembled cover. Plugged in and fridge and freezer are working fine again. Thanks partselect.com.

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18 of 26 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Branislav from Denver, CO

Refrigerator won't cycle up

There are 3 parts that actually control cooling cycle: Temperature Thermostat, Defrost Timer and sensor/relay on the back side of the appliance. If fridge cycles up after you turn small knob on defrost time (you'll hear click, problem lies between first two components.
Replacing them is really easy. Make sure you handle thermostat wire carefully. Check for connectors holding firm.
Use schematic diagrams you may find at this site.

Good luck.

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13 of 15 people found this instruction helpful

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

Fridge side warm. Freezer was ok.

Popped off the front plastic cover on the bottom of the fridge, under the doors. Two screws held the defrost timer on under the front side of fridge (below freezer door). You can't really see the timer except for the adjustment knob that is accessible through a hole. Once the screws are removed, disconnect the wire plug and remove and replaced unit. Works fine ever since.

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13 of 20 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Haley from Antioch, CA

Refridgerator not cooling n freezer iceing up.

This fridge is less than 2 years old really disappointed with frigidaire quality. Had a appliance repair guy diagnose the problem and paid $45 for the service call but decline for him to do the repair for $320. Remove the cover 4 screws holding it on top of fridge the defrost timer is inside 2 screws and you just unplug and replace with a new one. The defrost thermostat is in the freezer compartment, remove the ice maker if equiped then remove back cover, cut out the old thermostat n crimp in the new one. So far the fridge is working but still not getting as cold as before but good enough to keep things safe. Thanks to partselect.com i saved a bunch of money doing it myself.

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12 of 18 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Ricky from San Francisco, CA

Freezer won't auto defrost

Make sure unplugged the frig before doing any repair. Just like other DIYers. opened up the evaporator located inside the freezer. Replaced the defrost thermostat, there's only 2 wires, so just make sure which is positive, which is negative. Replaced the defrost timer located on the bottom front of the frig. There's on 2 screws to unscrew. All those work took me less than half hour. Turn on the frig., now it works like a champ again. Hope it will last another 10 years.

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9 of 10 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: James from Brighton, TN

The fridge motor was running constantly and the fridge was warm inside

I secured the power to the fridge. I took the metal panel which covers the cooling coils in the freezer off by removing the the 6 sheet metal screws. I used a standard hair dryer to melt the ice block which had formed due to the failure of the defrost timer. I replace the defrost timer, which was located behind the left front wheel of the unit. Finding the timer was the hardest part of the job. Since I was having trouble with the defrost cycle I also decided to replace the defrost thermostat due to its age. The most important item I would like to share is once all the work is done and the panel is back in the freezer, the power is restored take a straight slot screw driver and give the defrost timer about an eighth of a turn clockwise to ensure it starts. Then mark it with a sharpe and check it in 3 or 4 hours to make sure it is running. I did not do this on the one I installed and the freezer did not go into the defrost cycle. Once I got the timer started, well the ice cream stay frozen. BE SURE NOT TO WORK ON YOUR EQUIPMENT WITH IT PLUGGED INTO POWER SOURCE!!!

Jim

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12 of 20 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: bruce from grand haven, MI

Wonnt defrost

removed back cover from freezer to replace defrost stat. removed cover from refrigerator to replace defrost timer

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8 of 12 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Joel from Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Freezer and refrigerator too warm

I put the refrigerator and saw that the fan wasn't working so I change the fan and the problem still the same. I order a timer and thermostat and change them, nothing change so I order the capacitor and when I remove it I saw that the relay swith was burn out so I order a switch and evarything is ok.
The problem when the fan broke the compressor overheat and burn the swich.
I learn a lot and still saving money over these repair guy.

Thanks

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6 of 7 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Benjamin from Mount Vernon, OH

Fridge side getting warm

Replaced both the thermostat and defrost timer and still froze up and still warm air to the fridge, turned out to be the defrost heater coil. It was cracked in the middle, very easy to test with a multimeter. Replaced the heater coil and all is like new!

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6 of 8 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Else from Plant City, FL

Coils freezing refrigerator not cooling

The defrost timer is located under the freezer side behind the lower plastic cover. Very simple, just 2 screws and a plug, and your done.

The thermostat requires removing the lower drawers in the freezer and unscrew the back side of the rails and let them hang over to get access to the lower cover on the back of the freezer. Once the panel is off you will be able to see the thermostat. From there you just remove the thermostat from the clip, cut the 2 wires, splice in the new thermostat and re install using the new clip and your done!!

This was my first time and it was really simple. I had a local repair shop quote me $375.00 . I did it myself for under 50.00 shipped to my door..

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5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: More than 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Socket set
Customer: Charles from NEW YORK, NY

Top freezer working properly, but lower fridge not cooling.

since I had my fridge since 2003 it seems that I've gotten my moneys worth but it has worked flawlessly with no issues. I did not want to part with it so I troubled shoot the system and realized that it could have been number of things so I just decided after reading some reviews here on this site I decided to just purchase the items that would be effecting the fridge not working properly which was the evaporator fan, defrost thermostat, defrost timer, temperature cold control thermostat, I also cleaned the condenser coils in the back of the unit so they can be able to withdraw heat from the unit. my repair and installation took about 4 hours due to the cleaning of the coils but now the fridge is working like brand new. thanks to this sitt and it's comprehensive video tutorials on installations and repair it my job a lot easier to do.this is not my first time ordering from this site and will not be my last. anyone considering ordering from this site do not hesitate there are great with parts and customer service.

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5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Steve from Cedar Park, TX

Unit quit cooling

First I removed the two screws that hold the element in place. I then pulled the element out about 3 inches and disconnected the wiring harness plug, replaced the old timer with the new one, re-connected the wiring harness and reinstalled the mount in position. Hardest thing about it was lying on the floor.

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7 of 13 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Brian from Otterville, MO

Freezer frosting over,fridge warm

removed ice maker,,and screws holding back of freezer cover,unplugged wires and removed the cover and fan.wow,only wire to element had come unplugged!went ahead and replaced thermostat,and defrost timer,both were easy to do

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4 of 5 people found this instruction helpful

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

Freezer defrost would melt the food

Looked up similar problems and found it to be the defrost timer. All I had to do was remove the plastic portion in the fridge section to get to the old timer. Popped the new one in and put it back together. Works great now. Would have been almost $150 to have a repair company come out and fix it.

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