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Defrost Thermostat

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PartSelect Number PS2350702
Manufacturer Part Number 297216600
Manufactured by Frigidaire
Product Description

Defrost Thermostat Specifications

This thermostat regulates and keeps the temperature at a constant temperature for the freezer section.

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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Too warm | Fridge too warm | Frost buildup | Doesn’t stop running
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator, Freezer.
This part works with the following products:
Frigidaire, Kenmore, Gibson, Uni.
Part# 297216600 replaces these:
AP4374171, 1483781, 216731000, 216872200, 218673001, 218673008, 218969901, 218969902, 5304404743, 5404404743, 7216872200
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Ed
September 6, 2017
Compressor code ff 0
For model number lffh21f7hwj
Hi Ed, Thank you for contacting us. The FF code means that the temperature in the refrigerator is rising. There are some parts that you will need to check and the defrost thermostat is one that fixes the issue the majority of the time. You will also need to check the evaporator fan motor, the controller, the main electronic control board, and the run capacitor. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Judi
November 27, 2017
Freezer is not working (no interior light or coolness). Outside panel says 1 f with the 'door ajar' and 'power light' lit in red. The door is not ajar and there is power to the freezer. Any advice would be appreciated!
For model number LFFH21F7HWA
Hi Judi, Thank you for the question. The messages are on the display because the temperature in the freezer is to warm. This is most likely caused by a defective defrost thermostat.You can teat the thermostat,The best way to do this is to remove the thermostat from the refrigerator so you can control the temperature of the sensor. You can let the sensor warm up to room temperature. With the sensor warmed up to room temperature the sensor should read approximately 6.2K Ohms at 68°F. With the thermistor submerged is a glass full of ice water, the sensor should be very close to 32°F which should read approximately 16.3K Ohms. If the values that you are getting are far off from these readings, then the sensor is bad and should be replaced. Hope this helps!

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Tami
October 12, 2017
My freezer keeps running. It is clean and cooling fine.
For model number FFU2065FW2
Hi Tami, Thank you for your inquiry. If your freezer is continuously running, the part that fixes the issue 99% of the time is the defrost thermostat, part number PS2350702. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Will
November 17, 2017
My freezer is blowing cold air, but it is not getting cold enough to keep ice cream frozen. There isn't any frost inside, but the outside of the door is cold to the touch. I've noticed the freezer is running pretty much all the time and the compressor is hot. I've noticed some warping on the gasket, and with the door being cold on the outside, i was thinking it vould be the door gasket. Do you think it is this part, the door gasket, or something else?
For model number MFU20F3GW2
Hi Will, Thank you for your inquiry. If your refrigerator will not stop running, there are some parts that you will need to check to see which one is causing the issue. You will need to check the defrost thermostat, the defrost timer, the defrost heater, the door gaskets, the condenser fan motor, the evaporator fan motor and the compressor. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Gary
December 31, 2017
Upright freezer tends to let food defrost inside freezer. However if you turn on the quick freeze button then it will run for the 24 hours it is programmed to do or when you turn off. Food frozen, no problem. If you do not do this regularly then the food starts to warm up and defrost again.
For model number 2539280412
Hello Gary, Thank you for your inquiry. We would recommend checking the following parts to fix your issue: defrost timer, defrost thermostat and defrost heater. You can test the parts with a multimeter. If you are unfamiliar with how a multimeter functions, there are YouTube videos available to assist you. Hope this helps!

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Brandon
September 26, 2019
The freezer gets a little cold and then it gets warm.
For model number FGHS2631PP4A
Hi Brandon, Thank you for your question. If the refrigerator is not cooling correctly and it is mostly warm, there are some parts that you will need to check to see which one is causing the issue. Here is a link from our website that you may reference on what parts to check, https://www.partselect.com/AdvancedModelSymptoms.aspx?ModelNum=FGHS2631PP4A&mfgModelNum=&fkMfgID=4&ModelMasterID=839763&PID=10. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Charles
November 21, 2017
Is there a test for the thermostat that I can do after I removed it? Such a a ohm meter or equivalent I want to be sure it is bad before ordering a new one.
For model number LFFH2067DW1
Hi Charles, Thank you for the great question.The best way to do this is to remove the thermostat from the refrigerator so you can control the temperature of the sensor. You can let the sensor warm up to room temperature. With the sensor warmed up to room temperature the sensor should read approximately 6.2K Ohms at 68°F. With the thermistor submerged is a glass full of ice water, the sensor should be very close to 32°F which should read approximately 16.3K Ohms. If the values that you are getting are far off from these readings, then the sensor is bad and should be replaced. Hope this helps!

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Del Eusebio
December 23, 2017
When i open the freezer door the light flickers and and the display flickers and sometimes it wont starts back on and the door ajar and power loss light stays on.
For model number LFFH21F7HWA
Hello Del, Thank you for your inquiry. I would check the main control board with a multimeter to see if it is functioning properly. If you are unfamiliar with how to use a multimeter, there are videos available to assist you. Hope this helps!

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James
February 4, 2019
Everything is running but, not cold enough and starting to defrost food... amber and red light both on outside. noticed ice on the very bottom on coils
For model number LFFH2067DW2
Hello James, thank you for your question. We would recommend testing the defrost heater, defrost thermostat and temperature control first. If there is ice on the coils at the back of the fridge by the compressor check to be sure the condenser fan motor is running. If the ice is on the coils in the back wall of the unit where the defrost thermostat is, that is a likely issue with the heater/thermostat. I hope this helps!

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Rhonda
June 24, 2019
I have not been able to find the specific part # for our thermostat. It has been discontinued. Would this part work as a substitute? Thanks
For model number 25321741100
Hello Rhonda, Thank you for the question. The thermostat is PartSelect Number PS426732. The Defrost Thermostat is a different thermostat that is at the back of the freezer section. Very sorry but once the part has been discontinued we have no known replacement listed in our system. We have no further information. You are welcome to contact the manufacturer of the part to see if they have recently released a new substitute.Hope this helps!

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Replacing your Frigidaire Refrigerator Defrost Thermostat

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freezer would not defrost
My freezer would freeze up and not allow cold air to refrigerator side. First I took off bottom face plate, located the timer on left side bottom, removed the two screws and unpluged the timer. Replaced the timer with new one. Second I removed all food from freezer. Took of back of freezer wall with nut driver. Located the thermostat which was very easy to remove. Just one clip holding thermostat. Unplugged the two wires from the old thermostat and plugged in new wires. Thanks to Partselect.com, the parts were an exact match. Very easy to do. Saved my tons of money. Freezer and refer works like new.
  • Roger from Orangevale, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    297216600, 215846602
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Freezer coil frosting up solid. Refrigerator warming
First - I asked a person familiar in ref/freezer repair for assistance. This was the hardest issue - trying to find someone to offer "free" advise. He stated that when this problem occurs it is usually one of two things: 1) The defrost timer (underneath Refrigerator - Attached w/2 screws and plug-n connector) not functioning or 2) The defrost sensor (clipped-on to the coolant line (2-press-on wires) above the main coolant coil in in rear of freezer section behind panel secured w/5 1/4" hex-head screws) not properly sensing need for defrosting. The Tech. also stated that the defrost/heat coil, which surrounds the large coolant coil in the back of the freezer hardly ever goes bad unless it is the glass/clear type coil which often crack. (Mine was the black filament type element like found in an electric oven). I check the element with an ohm meter - 27 ohms of resistance which indicated it was okay). I replaced both defrost timer & defrost sensor at the same time and that fixed the problem. Parts ordered were an exact match to originals (dispite model number changes/upgrades) and everything went very well. NOTE: It is good to have the part numbers off of each original item and know what they are called before placing your order. All fixed for less than $50.00. A service call alone would be more than this. Took about 2 hours to do, due to having to defost the iced-up freezer coil w/a hair blower. Don't use sharp objects to chip away ice, let the blower do the work - Patience and a couple of towels to absorb water is important here. Hope this helps the other do-it-yourselfers.
  • Michael from Newark, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    297216600, 215846602
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freezer working but refrigerator not getting cold
THERMOSTAT--First I removed the fours crews that hold the back of freezer (inside freezer) in place. I then pulled the thermostat out about 3 inches and disconnected the two wires. Plugged in the new one and put back in place. Replaced freezer back and installed the four screws that holds it in.(iIf your freezer has a ice maker just loosen the 2 screws that hold it and lift the ice maker up off the screws
DEFROST TIMER--- removed one screw inside fridge by light bulb that holds in the timer and setting knob, then took out the two screws that held in the timer unplugged the old timer and replaced with the new one put back in the two screws that holds the timer in then replaced the one screw that holds the unit in place
  • Raymond T from New York, NY
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    297216600, 215846602
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Freezer - Refrigerator Not Cold, Keeps Running
At top of refrigerator compartment, took out screws to cover (where temp control is) and to the right took out 2 screws to remove defrost timer and installed in reverse order. In freezer compartment, unscrewed back of freezer wall and took off completely. Removed old freezer thermostat, the body of freezer thermostat snapped onto coil and wire plugged in. Let run for 24 hrs, then made adjustments to temps, so far temps are back in normal range.
  • ASHLEY from SHENANDOAH, VA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    297216600, 215846602
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Refrigerator upper section was warm - defrost system failure
remove all freezer items and remove back panel covering the coils - about 8-10 nuts using a nut driver. The coils in my refridgerator were covered with a heavy frost - thermostat was also frozen over. Manually turn the defrost timer so the fan turns off to observe if the heating element is working (defrost timer is on the bottom front of the refrigerator on the left side). My heating element did work so I decided to replace the thermostat and defrost timer. Unplug the refrigerator. Disconnect 2 wires connecting the thermostat and unhook. Replacing with new thermostat - red and white wires that have male/female connectors and hook onto coil as before. Note that two parts with similar names were offered by PartsSelect and you really couldn't tell which was the right one - I got both but returning the unused one was very easy but cost a couple of bucks in shipping. Next, take out two screws and the bracket that holds the defrost timer in place and unplug it. Plug in the new one and screw it back in. Reinstall the back panel - throw out all that stuff in the freezer that you've had in there for 10 years and turn it back on - very simple and it worked perfectly. Very good experience with returning parts - excellent customer service.
  • James from Flourtown, PA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    297216600, 215846602
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Defrost function in freezer was not working, while the refrigerating side was warm
1. Turned off and unplugged the refrigerator.
2. Removed the lower back panel inside the freezer with a screwdriver.
3. Unplugged the thermostat. (No tool is needed)
4. Ordered a new thermostat from PartSelect and it arrived in 2 business days.
5. Plugged in the new thermostat..
6. Put the lower back panel inside the freezer with screwdriver.
7. Plugged in the Refrigerator and turned the power back on.
8. It is working again!!!
  • Sophia from San Antonio, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    297216600
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frezer not staying cold enough to freze newly added product
took the shelves out, unscrewed the rear panel,unpluged the thermistat and uncliped it from the line.Replaced with new thermistat in the reverse order. Before turning the unit back on,allowed the coils to defrost.All of the process was shown in your vidio that I was able to view while ordering the part. Thank you
  • Robert H. from Grand Blanc, MI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    297216600
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defrost thermostat was open most of the time and didn't let the defrost element heat up.
Removed evaporator cover, unplug 2 wires to thermostat, unclipped it from the coil. Installed new themostat back the same way.
  • Elvin from Gardner, KS
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    297216600
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Freezer was freezing up and refrigerator was hot
I turned the refrigerator off and took the screws from the inside back panel of the freezer. Then I took two mounting screws from the evaporator letting it pull out at the bottom a few inches. Then I removed the Defrost Heater and installed the new one. Then I put the mounting screws back in and replaced the Thermostat. Then I put the back panel back on and turned the refrigerator back on. It has been working for now.
  • Debra K from Hornersville, MO
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    297216600, 218169802
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fridge side getting warm
Replaced both the thermostat and defrost timer and still froze up and still warm air to the fridge, turned out to be the defrost heater coil. It was cracked in the middle, very easy to test with a multimeter. Replaced the heater coil and all is like new!
  • Benjamin from Mount Vernon, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers
  • Parts Used:
    297216600, 215846602
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      Model Cross Reference
      This part works with the following models:
      PartSelect Number: PS2350702
      Manufacturer Part Number: 297216600
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      Model Number
      Description
      Kenmore
      25314772100
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25314772101
      Freezer
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      25314772102
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25314772103
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25316562100
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25316562101
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25316572100
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25316572101
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321021100
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321021101
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321021102
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321021103
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321021104
      Freezer - UPRIGHT FREEZER
      Kenmore
      25321021105
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321041100
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321041101
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321041102
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321041103
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321041104
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321041105
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321041107
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321041108
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321082100
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321082101
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321082102
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321082103
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321082104
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321082106
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321082107
      Freezer
      Kenmore
      25321101100
      Freezer

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