How do you install a defrost thermostat in a GE upright freezer


How do you install a defrost thermostat in a GE upright freezer

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I have a GE upright freezer--model # FUF21SVDRWW. The defrost thermostat (WR50X10031)(white wire lead) has apparently rusted out where it connects to the side wall and is totally disconnected. The thermostat itself may be OK---have not tested it yet? My question is how does this normally connect to the side wall and can I somehow jerry-rig it to make a good connection or do I just order a new one---just want to make sure how it works---does it connect to something behind the side wall or just ground to it. This appears to be a terrible thermostat design as most are very cheap where you just cut a couple wires and connect with wire nuts. Any advice/help would be appreciated!
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Hello,
These typically connect to a plate surrounding the evaporator coils or on one of the coils itself... you might be able to get away with using this one https://www.speedyapplianceparts.com/ge-wr50x10073-refrigerator-defrost-thermostat-replacement/
temp open and close is about the same and for $5 not much risk for you







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