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Eaton viking fridge model RF1717

Every week I have to defrost freezer. It seems that if the frost builds up in freezer, the fridge gets warmer. Room temperature warmer. As soon as I defrost the freezer for the day, the fridge is really cold again. It is an older fridge so I am not into spending alot of money to fix it, but hey maybe I will get lucky and it will be a simple fix.
Thanks for anyones help in advance

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    You say to check out other problems as detailed below? Where exactly should I find them?

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Hi The limit switch is found only on frost-free refrigerators and freezers. Its function is to keep the defrost heating element from exceeding certain set temperatures. If a refrigerator has lots of frost in the freezer compartment, the problem may be the limit switch. However, other components -- the evaporator fan, the defrost timer, and the defrost heater -- can cause the same problem. Check these for malfunctions, as detailed below. If these parts are in working condition, the problem is most likely in the limit switch. Don't try to fix the limit switch yourself; call a professional service person for replacement.

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  3. bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above items.
  • if you already checked this and think it is a different problem then let me know, i will help you figure it out. 
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