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Wiring new defrost heater for GE TFX22Z

I bought the defrost heater unit and the connector does not work with my refrigerator. My refrigerator has all the wires going to a connector at the back bottom of the refrig. The termostate wire is connected with the light wiring in the freezer. The part that I have comes with the termostate connected to it.

Can I somehow cut the wires and make a splitter to connect them to my new part? Ofcourse it can't be a simple connection I should of known. PLEASE HELP


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  • miimpact985 Jul 03, 2009

    what about the light wire do I connect my new themostate wire to that one like it is now



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Yes you can cut and splice.

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