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Replaced the defrost heater but does not seem to working correctl

Replaced the defrost heater and it does appear to work, however, the frost at the top of the evaporator does not clear similar to the bottom. Refriigerator is colder but shouldn't the evaporator fully clear when the defrost heater turns on?

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Check the fan above the freezer coils (evaporator fan) and the defrost thermostat (located on the top of the coils), some fans won't run intill the defrost t'stat cools.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
Frost on the back of freezer is a sign of an automatic defrosting problem. On very very rare occasions the evaporator drain gets blocked with ice.
Should you discover a block of ice on the evaporator coils do a manual defrost by unplugging the unit, directing a fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours with the freezer contents removed. (Makes a water mess so be ready) After the manual defrosting session... reload the freezer, plug the unit in ad return it to normal service. After 6 - 8 hours check for ice production. If you have ice production now... you most likely have and automatic defrosting problem where as the defrost cycle is not working correctl;y due to control problem, terminating early or the defrost heater and / or defrost thermostat is not working correctly.

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