How to replace a freezer defrost thermostat
This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the defrost thermostat in an upright freezer. The defrost thermostat, also called a bi-metal, protects the evaporator by turning the defrost heater off if the heater gets too hot. If the defrost thermostat stops working, frost forms on the evaporator fins, and the temperature in the freezer rises. Replace the defrost thermostat with the manufacturer-approved freestanding freezer part if it's no longer working.
Use these basic steps to replace the defrost thermostat in Kenmore, Frigidaire, Electrolux, GE, Whirlpool, Gibson, Crosley, KitchenAid, Tappan and Amana freezers.
Replacing a freezer defrost bi-metal thermostat video.
Disconnect the electrical power
Unplug the freezer or shut off the circuit breaker for the freezer.
Remove the evaporator cover
Remove the drawers and shelves from the freezer.
Remove the screws from the evaporator cover at the back of the freezer.
Pull the evaporator cover out of the freezer.
PHOTO: Remove the freezer drawers.
PHOTO: Remove the evaporator cover screws.
PHOTO: Pull out the evaporator cover.
Remove the defrost bi-metal thermostat
Unplug the defrost bi-metal thermostat wires.
Unclip the defrost bi-metal thermostat and remove it.Tip: The aluminum fins of the evaporator are sharp. Wear work gloves to protect your hands.
PHOTO: Unplug the wires.
PHOTO: Remove the thermostat.
Install the new defrost bi-metal thermostat
Clip the new defrost bi-metal thermostat onto the evaporator.
Connect the defrost bi-metal thermostat wires.
Reinstall the evaporator cover
Position the evaporator cover on the back wall and reinstall the mounting screws.
Reinstall the evaporator cover gasket.
Reinstall the drawers and shelves inside the freezer cabinet.
PHOTO: Reisntall the evaporator cover.
PHOTO: Reinstall the evaporator cover gasket.
Restore electrical power
Plug in the freezer or turn on the house circuit breaker to restore power.
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