My fridge is having a defrost problem. The heating element and thermostat are good so I am looking at the defrost timer as the problem but I am not sure where it is located. It looks like it is near the top of the freezer towards the back. Is that correct?
Thank you for your help!
Answer Paul, On that style older refrigerator, you'll probably find the defrost timer located behind the kick plate, on the front of the refrigerator. It may also be located in the refrigerator compartment inside the control housing behind the light shield. But not in the freezer compartment, The cold, moisture or ice would affect the mechanism.
My GE refrigerator has problems of defrost.The heat resistant are good and the defrost thermostat is new. Where is located the defrost control? The model is GETFX27EH. Appreciate your help. Thanks a lot.
Answer Hello Hector,
The defrost timer WR9X482 is mounted in the rear of the unit. There will be a small hole with a small screw on either side where it is mounted. The hole is an access so the timer can be advanced into or out of defrost if needed.
Can you please tell where where I can find the defrst timer so I can check it for continuity.
The defrost control WR9X482 is located on the lower left rear of the refrigerator. It will be left of the condenser fan.
Unit freezes up in back wall of freezer every 7 to 10 days. Unplug till it thaws out and ok until it freezes again 7 to 10 days. Is it the timer or the thermostat? Heating coils have checked out ok.
Answer Hello Bo. It sounds like you may have a defrost problem with the unit. Check and see if there is any frost build up on the back wall of the freezer. If so, you will need to test the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat. They should read closed for continuity when cold. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. I will include a link at the end to assist you how to use the multi-meter if needed. If both parts are good, you will need to replace the defrost timer. Once the problem is repaired, you will need to thaw out the ice on the coils before the unit will operate properly. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
How to install it correctly and easily?
Answer Hello Karen. You will need to remove the grille from the bottom of the refrigerator and remove the screws securing the defrost timer. Then remove the timer and unplug the wires going to the timer. Now install the new timer WR9X482 in reverse order. Hope this helps.
I purchased a defroster control new and I need to know which color code wire to which of the four prongs and their are numbers on the the control. we hooked the unite up and it runs the fan but does not go into a cooling cycle.
Answer Paul, Terminal #1 on the timer should have the neutral wire attached( usually white or orange), terminal #2 should have the wire to the defrost heater/ thermostat(usually blue) terminal #3 Should be the power into the timer from the cold control(usually gray or red) Terminal #4 should be the wire out to the compressor overload(usually red or black). Good Luck and Thanks
What is the timing sequence . How long does the defrost stay on before the compressor starts, and how long does the compressor stay on before it is time to defrost again .
Answer Hello Lester. There is no set time for the defrost process. It can vary depending on the conditions and the timer. Usually in most cases, a refrigerator goes into defrost every 6 to 12 hours. Hope this helps.