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There is a long wire that comes from the inside that is covered by plasting tubing sitting in the refrigerator that I believ is the thermostat and I am not sure where it is supposed to go, any answers. It is freezing beverages on level 2 coolness, seems not correct thanks david

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You are correct. Your thermostat is probably bad if things are freezing in your fridge. I don't know where it goes either except in the fridge side. I don't know what kind of fridge you have, over under or side by side?

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Our refrigerators defrost time is too long. The frozen food gets defrosted and frozen again.

I would recommend replacing the defrost termination thermostat. Sounds as if yours is
stuck shut. (The timer just has a set time for defrost, which can be much longer than
needed). The defrost termination thermostat senses temperature inside the freezer and
opens a switch which shuts off the defrost element. It is located inside the freezer
compartment behind the back panel and is clipped onto a tube. It has two wires coming to it usually (sometimes 3). Make sure to unplug fridge before removing back panel
and be mindful of the wires to the fan so as not to break them. Hope this helps.
Also, if the motor start relay on the compressor is going bad this same thing may happen as the compressor kicks out but the freezer fan continues to run.
It is located under the cover on the side of the compressor. Model and serial numbers
are inside fridge on the side panel. Both parts are usually around 20 dollars or less
at an appliance part store.

Jul 04, 2011 | Kenmore Refrigerators


How to Replace a Thermostat in a Fridge?

If there cooling and defrosting problem in your fridge. Also over cooling or not getting cooling properly problem. Then the problem relates to thermostat.
The procedure to replace the thermostat is as follows: ---
1) First of all unplug the fridge/refrigerator unit from electrical outlet for complete safety.
2) In top freezer and bottom refrigerator model units. The thermostat is located at the rear of freezer side. But in some units its located in the bottom of the refrigerator floor panel.
3) In side-by-side refrigerator the thermostat is located at the back of the freezer side.
4) To remove the thermostat you will have to remove the screws from the icemaker section located in the freezer section.
5) After the screws from the freezer’s inner section are removed. The inside panel will get loose and come out.
6) Many a time the screws are hidden under rubber type butches. So its bit hard to locate the screws. So check out properly that all the screws in the inner section are properly removed.
7) After the inside panel of the freezer section is removed. You will see the thermostat. It has wires connected to its terminals. Be care full that you don’t pull out any wires. They are very thin and delicate wires.
8) The wires are connected to the thermostat by a connector. So slowly remove the connector from the thermostat using a needle nose pier. Take care you don’t put any force while doing this. It’s very delicate but not very hard to do.
9) After the wires are removed. Remove the screws holding the thermostat .In some models the thermostat is screwed to evaporator coil tubes. In that cases take care you don’t damage the tube while removing the screws holding the thermostat.
10) Before removing the thermostat take care you note down the position of old thermostat. so after the old thermostat is removed out by removing the screws. Place the new thermostat in the same exact position.
11) Refit all the parts which you removed while removing the old thermostat in reverse method. Take care you don’t miss any part fitting.
This will help. Thanks.

on Mar 20, 2010 | Refrigerators

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I have a mini kenmore fridge... And i notice there a wire with a hook shape coming from the thermostat hanging inside!!!!


This is probably the thermostat sensing tube, it needs to be properly located out of the way, it is made of a thin copper tube which can fracture and release a fairly noxious vapour. If this happens it also wrecks the thermostat.

If this is not too much of a problem leave it alone.

Or very slowly and carefully bend it so that it almost touches the side of the unit, it needs some air space around it.

Good luck


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My samsung ref rt30mass ref compartment is not working properly even with adjustments made from its temperature however the freezer is working properly

The defrost thermostat is not working and the evaporator compartment is blocked with ice. That will stop cold air from entering into the fresh food compartment.
Move your food to another refrigerator, then unplug and open the Samsung refrigerator for 24 hours and allow the ice to melt.
Then remove the freezer panel inside and locate and replace the little plastic tube like part that is zip tied to the expansion tubing. It should have 2 brown wires coming out of the plastic sealed tube/ thermostat part. Write down your model number and go to Samsung's website or searspartsdirect and buy a new thermostat.
I believe the operating range for said thermostat is 20 C to -5 C. you'll most probably have to cut the wires and splice in the new thermostat. You can also use a generic thermostat with the same or nearly the same ratings of 20/-5 C temp.
All the thermostatic switch does is control the defrost heating element that melts the ice off the evaporator every 10 to 12 hour cycle via the defrost timers switch located at the bottom rear of the refrigerator. You can turn the clock counter clock wise until the first loud click to force the machine into defrost as well. Although if the defrost heating element, thermistor, THERMOSTAT, or defrost timer switch has malfunctioned there will not be a defrost cycle and ice will form inside the ducting and evaporator compartment and block the cold air circulation and the fresh food compartment will not cool and the freezer section will barely freeze water.

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Amana Model #TX20NBW FREEZES food in the fridge AND leaks water

Sounds as if the thermostat setting is too high.
Not a good idea to pour warm water into the fridge while its going, but then again.Most drain tubes exit over the compressor into a container sitting atop it. But I've since learned there are now fridges that don't have compressors now? You should also check the door seals, you can do this with a sheet/piece of newspaper
inserted between the door and fridge, go around both doors, you'll soon know if the seals need replacing.

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How to fit a new fridge thermostat

depends on which because they are diffrent if its the inside thermostat you will have to cut the 2pin connector on the board connect the new one to the wire with tape go inside the refer pull out plastic clip and pull wire trough but be carefull if its the thermostat on the burner tube you will see 2 dents on the tube use a # 8 rivet & drill bit to install drill out the dents and rivet on the thermostat

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Need directions to remove and replace 110 element in Dometic 2652

Get to the back of the fridge. On the right hand side, there is a metal tube about 4" in diameter which starts at the bottom and goes up. This is a piece of thin sheet metal, which holds insulation against the refrigerant line that goes up the right side of the fridge. The 110 volt heater is located inside of that, near the bottom. The heater sits inside of a small tube, welded to the refrigerant line, and is easily replaced. To get to it, remove any flat sheet metal parts that block your view of the 4" tube (you will need to have a clear view of the bottom of it.) Then you can see the heater. It is on the left side of your 4" tube, metal, about 5/16" in diameter, has 2 wires attached, and sticks out an inch or so to the left. Trace the wires back to where they are connected on your fridge, and remove them, (probably with a small straight blade screwdriver.) It may be necessary to remove another cover or 2 to get to that connection, so remember where all your cover plates came from. Digital cameras are great ;-) . Then, on your 4" tube, unsnap and open the "door" (the metal piece which is a couple if inches wide and 7" or so high,) Grab a hold of your old heater, and pull it up. It probably wont come up all the way so you can lift it completely out, so you will have to unsnap some of your 4" tube above the door. When you remove the old heater, note its position relative to the insulation and refrigerant tube, 'cause the new one goes right back in the same spot. Pull the old one out, and put the new one in. You will know you have it installed correctly when it is snug in its own little tube (you wont be able to see that part,) and there is no side to side play. Then reverse the directions, and put everything back together again. When you re-attach the 2 wires to your unit, don't worry about getting it wrong, it doesn't matter which wire goes with what connector.

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Whirlpool Refrigerator Stops Running

I can help with this issue , Take the cover off with the controls to see inside , make sure all wires are connected to t-stat it will have a slim tube coming out of it , if there all intact it is a bad connection in the bi-metal inside the tstat which can not be repaired. you must replace your thermostat. sears parts topically has the best price. hope that helps you out , let me know if you have any prob. or questions. Phil

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To force this unit into a defrost mode, unplug the fridge and remove the cover from the main control broad and remove the main wire harness. (Three wires, Black, Blue and Brown I believe) Next take a a small 3in wire and bend it into a U shape to make a jumper.

Insert the jumper into the main wire harness to jump the to outer wires together. (Black to Brown) It should be pretty easy to slip it in through the back with the rest of the wires. (Don't worry this test will not cause any harm to your fridge)
Now reapply the power to the fridge and check the defrost heater. As long as the defrost thermostat is below 15 degrees then the heater should start working. If the heater doesn't work then there is a problem with either the defrost thermostat or the heater. GE uses a glass tube heater with a coiled wire inside. This wire has a habit of breaking after a few years.

As far as the thermistors go, all the do is tell the board to cool. They can make the unit cool all the time but the board should still defrost the evaporator every 6-36 hours. If the unit starts defrosting then you have a bad board.

Hope this helps and let me know if you need any clarification. Good Luck!

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