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Replacing your Frigidaire Refrigerator Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
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Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V 215846602

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PartSelect Number PS423801
Manufacturer Part Number 215846602
Manufactured by Frigidaire
Product Description

Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V Specifications

This Defrost Timer works 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. The defrost timer is located in the control housing which is in the refrigerator section of your appliance. 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 timer measures approximately 3 inches long and 2.5 inches wide, and is constructed of plastic and metal. It comes in black/white/silver and is sold individually. This replacement part features 1 defrost timer.
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Difficulty: Easy | Tools Required: Screw drivers,Nutdriver
Repair Tip: This is an 8-hour timer, meaning that after 8 hours of accumulated compressor run time, the defrost cycle is activated for 30 minutes.

Replacing your Frigidaire Refrigerator Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V

Replacing your Frigidaire Refrigerator Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V

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 | Will Not Start
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator.
This part works with the following products:
Frigidaire, Kenmore, Gibson, Kelvinator.
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The refrigerator wasn't getting cold the freezer was getting to cold
Followed the installation instruction for both parts now both the freezer and refrigerator are getting cold
Other Parts Used:
Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • eddie from CHICAGO, IL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
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Freezer was frosting up and refrigerator was not getting cold.
All 3 parts were very easy to replace. Thawing out the freezer took the most time. Great videos that go with each part for installation. I will be purchasing again from this company when needed.
Other Parts Used:
Evaporator Fan Motor Kit - 120V 60Hz Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • Curt from MULBERRY, IN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Refrigerator not working, freezer working
I initially replaced the defrost timer, and later replaced it and the defrost thermostat. The defrost thermostat was the faulty component
Other Parts Used:
Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • Stephen from VAN WERT, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Frequent dripping on floor and no cycling of compressor
After posting the specific symptoms and getting feedback, I had narrowed the cause to two linked parts. I ordered both intending to replace first one, then the other as needed. With parts in hand, I pulled off the freezer control knob, used a nut driver to remove the two panel securing screws (behind the face, against the inner ceiling) and gently dropped the cover down. The control (temp sensor and cold control) is easily accessible as it sits wedged into two slots in the plastic cover. The control must be slightly lifted in order to extract the long sensor that attaches to the control and runs under it and into a plastic sleeve behind the panel (the new control comes with the sensor wrapped in a tight coil and it must be unwound for the install). Removed the three wires noting which color goes where. Used needle-nose pliers to remove the small push-on tabs and removed the control. After starting the new sensor probe into the sleeve re-attached the 3 wires to the new control. Used the original as a model for how to pre-bend the probe for the first 2 inches as it was mildly frustrating to position the unit back correctly. Pushed everything back into place, re-installed the screws and plugged the fridge back in...(you DID unplug it first, right?). Still haven't used the second part (defrost timer), but I expect it to go soon...it is a 17 year old refrigerator, after all.
Other Parts Used:
Temperature Control Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • Edward from DELAND, FL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers
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freezing up
I damaged the timer while moving the fridge and did not realize it and it took 10 minutes to change out. "note" don't panic when it don't come immediately there is a dial in the front of the timer you can turn with a flat head screwdriver that will activate the timer
Other Parts Used:
Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • Kenneth from ADGER, AL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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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.
Other Parts Used:
Evaporator Fan Motor Kit - 120V 60Hz Cover-fan Cold Control Thermostat Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • Charles from NEW YORK, NY
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Socket set
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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...
Other Parts Used:
Evaporator Fan Motor Kit - 120V 60Hz Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • James from N RICHLND HLS, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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FREEZER COMPARTMENT NOT COLD ENOUGH (20 DEGREES)
REPLACED TIMER-DEFROST 215846602..REPLACED THERMOSTAT-DEFROST KIT 5303918202..REPLACED CONTROL, TEMPERATURE 5304421256..RECHARGED SYSTEM WITH 134A...ALL FANS WORKING...COMPRESSOR RUNS.. FREEZER STILL NOT GETTING COLD ENOUGH...HOLDING AT 20 DEGREES...ANY SUGGESTIONS..THANKS..DAN
Other Parts Used:
Defrost Thermostat Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • DANIEL from CAPE CORAL, FL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
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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)
  • Henry D from PETERSTOWN, WV
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Fridge was't cool
I just followed the instructions on the videos.
Other Parts Used:
Evaporator Fan Motor Kit - 120V 60Hz Defrost Timer - 60Hz 120V
  • Aaron from ODESSA, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Terri
September 10, 2017
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?
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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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Harry
August 13, 2017
Had freezer worked on does the defrost timer need to be set a certain way?
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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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Terri
September 7, 2017
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.
For model number FRT21IL4FW8
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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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Greg
August 24, 2017
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?
For model number FRS22ZRGD1
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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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Michael
August 22, 2017
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
For model number White-Westinghouse Ref.-Freezer Model RT 156H
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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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Sam
August 26, 2017
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...
For model number Frigidaire FPDA-14TK
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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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Frank
November 10, 2017
Contents of freezer are thawed, refrigerator is not cool. Refrigerator running. Any idea what's wrong?
For model number FRT18DRHD1
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Hi Frank, Thank you for your question. There could be a couple of parts causing your issue but because warmth is happening in both your fridge and freezer sections, I would suggest testing your defrost timer, your defrost thermostat, your run capacitor, and your start relay as well. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Matt
January 8, 2018
I replaced the defrost timer and the thermostat. Plug it in and the refrigerator came on and was running. I turn the temperature up in the bottom part and it cut off. What’s wrong with it now?
For model number FRT18L4JB3
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Hi Matt, Thank you for the question. I suggest testing the Run Capacitor, PartSelect Number PS2333670.When testing your capacitor set your meter to 1000 ohms. If your meter stays on 0 then your capacitor needs to be replaced.Hope this helps!

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Chris
October 24, 2017
Hi, on this particular fridge I have replaced the temperature control and the defrost timer, but it is still running all the time and freezing the stuff in the fridge. I had it checked out 2 months ago for the coolant and the repair guy said everything was fine. Not sure what to do next?
For model number FRT21NNGB0
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Hi Chris, Thank you for the question. If the appliance runs to long I suggest replacing the Run Capacitor,PartSelect Number PS2333670.The run capacitor helps the compressor kick on and off while maintaining a constant temperature in your fridge and freezer. Hope this helps!

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Jesse
March 3, 2018
When I turn the freezer control on, the power turns off. What causes the power to turn off in the fridge?
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Hello Jesse, Thanks for your question. This type of issue could arise from a few different sources. You will want to test the defrost thermostat and the temperature control thermostat with a multimeter for electrical continuity. Replace them if they do not show continuity. I hope this helps.

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