My GE side by side has a bad defrost heater. It appears to have two of them. I'm guessing I have to buy the set, with two plus the wiring harness. I tried to undo the bad one on the ends, but the connectors appear to be glued.
Answer Hello Scott,
The heater harness assembly WR51X442 will take care of the issue better than just the heaters will because it replaces the defrost thermostat also. This is better because if the defrost thermostat is going bad, too much current will flow through the circuit and this tends to cause premature heater failure. It is also much easier to change because you don't have to "wire" them in. Whatever you do, do not change only one heater because this will cause the complete assembly to fail prematurely. The instruction sheet that comes with the harness assembly explains this also.
Refrigerator has fish smell. What do I do to get rid of smell?
Answer Hello Ken. Loosely wad up newspaper and place inside the unit for 3 to 5 days to remove the odor from the unit.
I think I have replaced the heaters in this unit five times over the years. Bought the unit new and had the first set replaced under warranty.
Before I replace them again, I want to ask if there is a heavier duty part, or do you think I may have another problem to look at? Thanks!
Answer Hello Bob,
You may want to replace the defrost thermostat WR50X122 when you replace the defrost heater. The defrost thermostat turns off the heating element when it reaches about 50°F in the evaporator compartment. If it never opens and turns off the heating element, the heating element tends to burn out prematurely because it stays on until the defrost control, (timer or board), cycles out of the defrost cycle. Be aware that the defrost heater is the most common part to fail on this design.