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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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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Henry D from PETERSTOWN, WV

Sometimes it would go into defrost and would not go back to cooling.

I called the repairman who diagnosed the problem as a thermostat then had to order a thermostat took about 2 weeks to get back and install (cost little over $100). did good for about two weeks and same problem reoccured. I decided it was defrost timer and ordered from this site for $19.95 including shipping. I got on ( you tube ) and got instructions(recommend you tube) for DIY install about 15 to 20 minutes. Has been running great for about 3 weeks. ( YOU TUBE IS GREAT FOR A DIY REPAIR ON ABOUT ANYTHING)

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: James from VOLANT, PA

Defrost heater not working; defrost timer not rotating so coils ice up

Checked for continuity in heater, defrost thermostat and defrost timer. Heater good; not sure about thermostat or timer. Replaced thermostat - no change. Replaced timer - rotating and heater working.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Curt from Maple Grove, MN

Freezer too cold

Removed the housing with the light, 4 hexhead screws. This exposed the defrost timer, removed 2 hexhead screws, electrical connector and reassembled the unit.

Great resource and service, thank you.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: James from Hanover, ME

Freezer frosted up, refrigerator compartment heated up

I removed the housing at the top of the refrigerator compartment that contained the reefer light and temperature adjustment knob. This required a small nut-driver. Inside, I found the old defrost control, unplugged it, unscrewed it with a Phillips screwdriver, and replaced it with the replacement part. Then I replaced the housing to its original position.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Vernon from Granada Hills, CA

Old defrost timer noisy during operation

First I removed the plastic grill (pulled out, no screws) from bottom of refrigerator, then I removed electrical plug & two screws from old timer (timer located on the front inside left lower side of refrigerator). Installed in reverse order.

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

Freezer icing up and refrigerator section not cold

Removed four screws for cover on refrigerator temperature controls, unpluged old timer and pluged in new timer. Replaced cover and screws.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Edward from Middletown, DE

Only freezer was cold, frig warm

removed all items from frig.. removed shelves, loosened one screw on each slide bracket and moved them down and out of the way of the rear panel....removed 6 screws in rear panel...removed all ice on coils with a heat gun...located defrost stat, replaced...crimped wires...re-installed rear panel and shelves! On left side of frig. in front bottom..located defrost timer..removed trim piece, loosened 2 screws....removed and replaced defrost timer...plugged in the frig. and it started!!!!

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

The refrigerator wasn't cold enough.

I removed the plastic shroud on the ceiling of the refigerator, unscrewed and unplugged the old defrost timer, and replaced it with the new one. I reinstalled the shroud with the new timer installed.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: James from N RICHLND HLS, TX

Refrigerator too warm

The parts were easily replaceable. No special instructions needed. Just identify and remove and replace. I didn't know which specific part needed to be replaced (both reported to fix my problem) but neither part was very expensive so I replaced both. No special tools needed. 1/4" nutdriver and phillips head screwdriver. Repair took about 30 minutes. I did have to make an adjustment on the defrost timer (a small dial on the unit) I just set it how the old part was set. I immediately knew it was going to work when I plugged the refrigerator back in and the fan motor inside the freezer kicked on. Easy peesy...

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: geoffrey from lawrence, KS

Evaporator freezing up/no defrost cycle

The defrost timer is faily easy to replace, first unplug the unit, then remove the toe gaurd, then lay on the floor with your light and phillips screwdriver, locate the 2 screws at the lower left side, remove them and the timer and it's shield will drop down. unplug the old timer, plug the new one in and re-install everything. The temp sensor is located in the back of the freezer compartment. Again make sure the unit is unplugged, remove freezer shelves and lower basket, then with a 1/4" nut driver, remove the screws holding the rear panel on, remove the panel and locate the sensor on the upper evaporator tube, unclip it and disconnect the 2 wires, reverse procedure and plug it back in. Not to get on a soap box, but this is the 3rd time i have had the same problem with this unit, plus several other problems.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: David from Seattle, WA

The freezer coils were frosting up

Removed the back panel of the freezer. Unplugged the defrost cycle thermostat and replace with a new one.
Removed the bottom cover in front of the refrer. removed the defrost timer, plugged new timer in. manually tripped the defrost timer. checked the defrost heater for operation. Checked OK, replaced covers, works like a champ

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Shannon from Bluefield, WV

Refrigerator coil frozen up and kept the refrigerator from cooling

Remove front cover below door, remove 2 screws attaching the defrost timer to the refrigerator frame.
Unplug wiring harness plug from timer an install new one.
Remove metal cover in back of the freezer compartment. unpug the two wires going to the thermostat, remove the thermostat { thermostat is held onto the cooling coil with a clip} , remove thermostat and replace with new one

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools:
Customer: Bob from Pinole, CA

Frost in freezer, fridge not cold

From most posts I've read, the defrost timer was the culprit so I blindly ordered one. Easy install but did not fix the problem so I broke out the ohm meter. The only other 2 items it could be all tested good with my meter so I bypassed the defrost thermostat (per forum help...actually quite easy)and it defrosted fine, which told me I needed a new defrost thermostat. Installed fairly easy and problem gone.

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Parts Used:
  • Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Rita from Lake Luzerne, NY

First fresh food too hot, then freezer too hot

Based on the website I decided it was most probably the defrost timer, and that was correct. I ordered it, watched the video, and two days later the part was at my door. Took the nut driver, removed 4 screws, then removed the old defrost timer, installed the new one, re-installed the whole plastic assembly with the four screws, and done!!! Couldn't have been easier.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Walter from Newcomb, MD

Not cooling

removed control unit at top of fridge,that houses light ect.
4 screws,replaced plug in repair part
the $25 dollar part from partselect.com saved me the 270.00 estimated repair charge Quoted by sears

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