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GE WR51X442 Refrigerator Defrost Heater Kit with T

by GE
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Product Description

Product Description

This dual heater kit replaces the single heater. It's redesigned to use two heating elements for a better defrost cycle. This part requires silicone for installation, which is sold separately. This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore. This part fixes the following symptoms: Fridge section too warm Freezer section too warm Freezer section too cold Freezer not defrosting Refrigerator runs too long Fridge section too cold Ice maker will not make ice Frost buildup Too warm Unusual Noise

From the Manufacturer

General Electric WR51X442 Refrigerator Defrost Heater Kit with Thermostat is used in GE, Kenmore and Hotpoint refrigerator brands. This is a 2 glass tube heater, each with a metal shield. Also includes a pre-wired wiring harness with a clip on defrost termination thermostat.

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Technical Details
Part Number WR51X442
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions12.4 x 5.9 x 5.6 inches
Item model numberWR51X442
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB003BIGDIQ
Best Sellers Rank #160,600 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableAugust 2, 2008
  
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Customer Reviews

This kit works perfectly and was easy to install.
Ray Fagan
Now, both my refrigerator and freezer compartments are much better consistently cooled/frozen.
Richard La Barca
Highly recommend this to anyone and everyone who has a need !!!!!
Bill McGuire

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Hertel on February 5, 2013
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There are evidently two sizes of these just one number apart. The one I ordered turned out to be the 6" wide heaters and I needed the 9" wide heaters. So I am returning this one and ordering the right one. If the description had specified the width of the heaters I could have avoided the mistake. It was not mentioned that there are two sizes if these and they look alike in the picture. The description should warn people to measure their heaters before ordering. Now I get to schlep it to the post office and pay shipping again to return it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard La Barca on October 18, 2012
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This combo unit is a thermostat along with two glass radiant defrost heaters. Upon initial installation and operation, as it was in my case, it may seem as if the heaters are extremely hot. I believe this happened because my defrost timer was in or near the defrost position when I first turned on the refrigerator after installing the new parts. FYI: The defrost timer operates in 16 Hours ON/cooling - 30-35 Minutes OFF/Defrost cycles. So, if your refrigerator compressor does not begin to function after 35 minutes, you may also (or only) need a new defrost timer. Anyway, after the 24 hour stabilization period, my refrigerator and freezer are working great maintaining perfect cooling (≈33°F) and freezing (≈-10°F) temperatures...Best that I can remember even before needing to replace the thermostat/heaters. Plus, the compressor doesn't seem to turn on/stay on as often as before.

After removing the old defrost heaters, I could easily see they were burnt-out...From visual appearance/inspection, I believe one heater was burnt-out for quite a while before the second one finally ceased. This was probably why, for quite some time, my compressor was going on more often and longer although the refrigerator/freezer seemed to be working fine. Now, both my refrigerator and freezer compartments are much better consistently cooled/frozen.

Overall, I am happy with this solution and expect to get another 15+ years use from my refrigerator.

Other Info:
I recommend completely (manually) defrosting your refrigerator before installing this kit...you'll get much better immediate and efficient results. Also, you may need some other low-cost item/sensor such as a defrost timer or refrigerator temperature sensor...even a main board is usually less than $100.00 and all worth it if your fridge is still in good shape otherwise.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Minimal Feedback on February 22, 2011
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I saved about $25.00 on this item because I purchased via Amazon versus an appliance store.
Product worked great and the solid block of ice in my freezer is no more!!! THIS IS STILL WORKING SEVERAL YEARS LATER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill McGuire on January 1, 2014
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Excellent quality and value, easy to install, what a great deal, really saved the day. Highly recommend this to anyone and everyone who has a need !!!!! It's been in my freezer for over a year, still working just fine!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glen on August 22, 2013
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Bought the fridge for $100 off craigslist. Was told it had issues and I went over it (I have NO experience with fridges or other appliances) and saw the defroster was a mess. Bought this and it fixed the problem. Now I have a perfectly functional outside fridge for my garage (it's well over 110 degrees in there during the summer with the freshly run car parked 3 feet away). Easy to install and costs $80 LESS than the local guys would sell it to me for (and that includes shipping!!!!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bashir on September 21, 2012
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Our refrigerator/freezer is 16 years old made by GE. We found in August'12 that it stopped cooling properly. Troubleshooted that the defrost heater was broken. Purchased part GE WR51X442 and replaced the old with new one about a month ago. Our refrigerator has been cooling fine since then. Thank Google and Amazon.com.
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By A.M.DeLaurentis on July 13, 2014
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Repeatedly replacing.
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It works great, my refrigerator like new.
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