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Kenmore # 50222000 Refrigerator Defrost Heater

The original defrost heater was replaced in my unit yesterday (unit is 8 years old - purchased 8/21/00). The heater that came out was a single tube, the heater the tech put back in my unit is a double tube. He reasoning is Kenmore made a mistake in manufacturing and put single tubes when they should have doubles. My husband spoke with Sears and they agreed all the new units have double heater but did not comment about the older model. I have read on the internet, the old single tube unit pulls 575 watts, the double units pull 725 watts. My concern is the original wiring is not strong enough to carry the added load of power and we will not see the effects until later down the road. Please advise, I am having a difficult time with the service company now as the part number given by the technician does not match the item in my refrigerator. Thank you in advance. Dorothy Deem

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HI DOROTHY.YOUR QUESTION IS A VERY TRICKY ONE BUT I WILL TRY AND ADVISE YOU CORRECTLY.WITH REGARDS TO THE WIRING NOT BEING STRONG ENOUGH I HIGHLY DOUBT THAT WILL CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.IF YOU ARE STILL FEELING UNEASY ITS BEST YOU GET A SECOND OPIONION FROM A DIFFRENT CONTRACTOR.GOOD LUNK AND REGARDS MOHAMED.

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