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Defrost heater can I disconnect the defrost heater until my new one arrives

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  • charlie pen Nov 01, 2008

    I should have asked if I could disconnect the defrost heater and still use the fridge till the new one arrives

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YES YOU CAN IF THE FRIG. IS UNPLUGED WAITING FOR THE NEW HEATER,I HOPE YOU CHECKED THE DEFROST SENSER CLIPPED ON TO THE EVAPERATOR COILS,AND THE DEFROST TIMER TO,LET ME KNOW HOW SHE TURNS OUT-MIKE

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  • MIKE major Nov 01, 2008

    YOU CAN BUT THE EVAPERATOR COILS WILL FROST OVER IN ABOUT 2DAYS AND START FORMING ICE ON THE COILS,YOU CAN LET IT RUN ABOUT 12 HOURS TNEN USE A HAIR DRYER TO MELT THE FROST TO KEEP IT GOING(EVERY 12 HOURS)IT'S UP TO YOU-MIKE

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    the helpfull rating you give me screwed up my expert rating can you please chance it to a fixya as i have give you a fixya answer?thanks-mike

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