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Defrost Timer

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Part Description:
This eight-hour defrost timer will replace most other defrost timers. This device acts like a clock. It continually advances and alternates between activating the cooling cycle and the defrost heater. The best way to make sure you get the correct timer for your refrigerator is to conduct a search for your model number.
This part fixes the following symptoms: Fridge too warm, Freezer section too warm, Leaking, Freezer not defrosting, Will not start, Fridge runs too long, Freezer too cold, Fridge and freezer are too warm, Fridge too cold, Frost buildup, Noisy, Too warm.
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Part number cross reference:
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator, Freezer.

Installation Videos

Replacing your Kenmore Refrigerator Defrost Timer
Watch this how to video with simple, step-by-step instructions for a successful DIY repair.
Fixes the following symptoms:
  • Build up of ice in the freezer
  • Defrost cycle not working
  • Odd noises from the defrost timer
Tools used for this repair:
  • 1/4 inch nut driver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Putty knife

Installation Instructions

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Refrigerator and freezer were warming to a temperature that was too warm.

Refrigerator and freezer were warming to a temperature that was too warm. I've known about defrost timers being a major part of the " frost free" design. In my model of refrigerator, the defrost timer is located at the bottom left on the left frame rail, behind a sheet metal mounting plate. Next to the drain pan. I recognized it with a flash light, and the one way knob that can only be turned in one direction. I turned the knob to manually advance the timer, then the compressor started, but be gentle with this practice as it can strip the plastic gears. If you lift the knob as you turn it, it will disengage the teeth of the gear and just turn the cam itself, stopping the defrost cycle and starting the refrigerating cycle. Then it's good for approx. 24 hours. Then it hung up again in the same spot. I did this for a week because I didn't have the time. Then I looked up my frige model number, and I found this site on a web search. I ordered the part over the phone with the helpful sales rep, just to confirm the part number. I've read about ten pages of the same repair from this website. Nothing I recognized as my frige. But the site had an exploded view of my frige and putting 2 & 2 together I nailed it down. Ordered the part, 2 1/2 days it was here. The instructions for your particular model may have the color coding listed, mine was not. So I figured my model was too old, the wiring diagram was simalar to mine on procedure 1. Long story. It took me longer to write this than to do the actual repair. Wiring research 15 minutes, change out 10 minutes. Hope this helps.

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Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: A Bit Difficult
Total Repair Time: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Carl from Columbia, SC

Freezer and fridge were running warm.

removed temperature panel front and bottom.
set extra wire to correct contact.
Did not change the function one bit.
Still running warm.

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1 of 1 people found these instructions helpful
Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: Easy
Total Repair Time: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Paul from PLAINFIELD, IL

Freezer was not defrosting and the bottom was not cooling down.

Unplugged the refrigerator. Took the cover off down in the Refrigerator, unplugged the old defrost timer and replaced with the new defrost timer. Easy as can be. Saved hundreds of dollars!

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1 of 1 people found these instructions helpful
Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: Really Easy
Total Repair Time: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Leslie from CRESWELL, NC

Not defrosting

Everything fit like a glove perfect

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Parts Used: Air Diffuser Assembly - White , Cover, Air Diffuser , Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: Very Easy
Total Repair Time: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Socket set
Customer: dwight from hollywood, FL

Refrigerator would not cool and freezer did not freeze

To find out problem I tapped the thermostat and the compressor came on . I knew the defrost timer and thermostat were in the same compartment. I took a guess as to which one was bad. Well after I changed out the timer I still had same problem. So I ordered the thermostat. After I changed the thermostat problem solved. If I had it all over again I would have just ordered both right away and been done with it. Both timer and thermostat were very easy to change and only took 15 minutes to change after I watched the video. Easy job for most people if you have the tools. I will use this site again before I call a service man!! Thanks for the video. It made this job a snap!!

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0 of 1 people found these instructions helpful
Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: Really Easy
Total Repair Time: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: James from Denison, IA

Regrigerator and freezer stopped getting cold. Unit was still running, just not getting cold.

After reviewing the answers online at the PartSelect website, it said that the most likely culprit was the "defrost timer". PartSelect had the part in stock, and at a good price. There was a short video showing how to replace this part, and though my model was a little different in appearance and location, the replacement of the part was pretty much a quick swap. The part arrived from PartSelect in 5 days, and only took about 20 minutes to have it installed, and everything put back in place. I plugged the refrigerator in, and let it run overnight. The next day we had cold drinks in the refrigerator and frozen popsicles in the freezer, all for a cost of about $37 for the part and shipping. You can't beat that! PartSelect came through with a good diagnosis of the likely problem, and an easy video on how to quickly fix it. Only took a little time, a nut driver, and a phillips screwdriver. Unplug the old defrost timer, and plug the new one in it's place. Fasten the defrost timer back in place with the 2 screws that held the original in place. Put the interior panels, and knobs back in place, and your done.

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0 of 1 people found these instructions helpful
Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: Really Easy
Total Repair Time: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Stephen from Royse City, TX

Refrigerator got warm intermittantly

had problems troubleshooting because sometimes it worked fine. decided it was either the thermostat control or the defrost timer. Bought the defrost timer on suspicion (it was a lot cheaper than the thermostat control) That solved my problem. The old timer was getting stuck in the defrost cycle. Removed two screws with a nut driver at the top of the fresh food section.removed two clips on timer and plugged in new timer. Easy.

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0 of 1 people found these instructions helpful
Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: Easy
Total Repair Time: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Stan from Wonder Lake, IL

Freezer was not cold enough

1. Remove the panel in the inside/top of the refrigerator side
2. Remove old defrost timer
3. Test defrost timer for continuity using instructions on partselect.com (mine failed, no continuity on any of the leads)
4. Install new defrost timer according to instructions (based on wire colors)

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0 of 1 people found these instructions helpful
Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: Really Easy
Total Repair Time: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Wrench set
Customer: Eric from Vienna, VA

Would not go into defrost mode,and melted icewater ran down under crispersand not drain hole that was frozen shut.

Unplug frige first.Open fridge door,three 1/4 inch screws held light and timer in place by plastic housing.Housing dropped down where to metal clips on plastic studs held timer in place.Unplugged two electrical plugs,removed metal flat clips and lifted off defective timer. Replaced new one,slid clips back onto plastic studs,plugged back two electrical plugs,and screwed plastic housing back up with three screws..Had to put flat head screwdriver in hole and turn clockwise slowly until fridg started.In the mean time the drain hole had defrosted and water was showing in plastic tray front right where grill pull-off is,telling that it was once again working as before.Easy job,great parts price,and saved around 150.00-200.00

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0 of 1 people found these instructions helpful
Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: Really Easy
Total Repair Time: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: edward from concord, NC

Faulty defrost timer. Fridge made clicking noise and was not cooling

The repair itself was easy....just a bit difficult removing front panel. Followed the directions and replaced the timer. Only glitch was figuring out what to do about green wire that was connected to old timer. Researched and found that green means it's a "ground wire" and not needed on the new plastic timer. (Sure hope that's the case!) Cut the green wire and hooked up the new timer. Fridge has been running over for two weeks now. Yay!

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0 of 1 people found these instructions helpful
Parts Used: Defrost Timer
Difficulty Level: A Bit Difficult
Total Repair Time: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: MARY from CLIVE, IA
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This part works with the following models:

Fix Number: FIX11723171
Manufacturer Part Number: W10822278


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