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If it is mechanical timer, you can locate the timer and turn it clock wise slowly until you hear a click and the compressor will stop as well as the fans. that is the defrosting mode.

if it is electronics, then there would be no manual defrost. it is either a board problem, defrost heater, or bi-metal thermostat.

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