Whirlpool 819043 - Freezer Defrost Tube Heater Kit | PartSelect.ca

Freezer Defrost Tube Heater Kit

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PartSelect Number PS392527
Manufacturer Part Number 819043
Manufactured by Whirlpool

Also known as heat probe. This part prevents drain freeze-ups.

This part works with the following brands: Kenmore, Whirlpool.

This part works with the following products: Freezer, Refrigerator.

This part fixes the following symptoms: Leaking

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Chris from SANDIA PARK, NM
Difficulty Level:
A Bit Difficult
Total Repair Time:
More than 2 hours
Tools:
Nutdriver, Pliers
Parts Used:
819043
Freezer drain hold iced up, interior of 'fridge floods
Second time in about two months, and it's never done it before in the 19+years we've had it.
Several good YouTube videos on replacing the "Heat Probe", though generally for newer models. You can probably figure it out, though.
Unplug the 'fridge
1. empty the freezer
2. take out the shelf and ice maker (three screws w/ 1/4" nut driver)
3. remove the "floor" of the freezer (two screws w/ 1/4" nut driver)
4. remove the back of the freezer (two screws w/ 1/4" nut drive)
You will see ice buildup in the drip tray and in the drain hole. That's the problem.
This is probably a ton of ice under the freezer floor. I used a thin metal spatula to pry up the sheets of ice, up to the metal drip tray.
I used a heat gun (a hair dryer would probably work) to thaw the ice around the drip try and pry it out. Don't over heat anything. Take your time. Don't melt anything other than the ice and do that slowly.
Be VERY careful around the fins and refrigeration tubes.
It took about an hour to get all the ice out except for the iced up drain hole.
Boiled some water and carefully poured it on the ice in the hole. Blot out the melted ice with a sponge or paper towel. Do this over and over until the ice is about a half inch below the lip, still plugging hole.
Use a turkey baster or a funnel with a piece of hose and keep pouring hot water into the drain hole. The baster is good because you can not only add the water, you can suck out the melt water.
Keep doing this until you start hearing water draining into the drip tray underneath the 'fridge. The drain hole is now clear.
Wrap the heat probe around the black tube under the refrigeration coils and fins and insert the tab into the hole.
Crimp the heat probe tightly around the black tube and attach it tightly with the screw.
NOTE: My refrigerated did not come of a heat probe originally and the kit did NOT come with an attachment screw, so I had to improvise. If you are replacing you probe, save the screw.
Reassemble the freezer in reverse order of disassembly. Hooking the ice maker back up is a royal PITA. And make sure you attach the little grounding wire to the tab on the back panel before you attach the panel.
Plug the refrigerator back in. The ice maker won't work until the freezer is cold enough to make ice again. That will take several hours.
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