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Maytag fridge defrost timer location

Where is the defrost timer located

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  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    My defrost timer needs to be replaced, but I can't find where it is.

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    Where is the defrost timer on a maytag MSD2651kes

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If this unit has the temp controls in the middle top of the fridge then it is in there.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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Its not a timer , but an adaptive defrost control board, in the upper rigth hand side of refrig compartment, atop the control housing heres the part number 61005988.

check this site ==> http://www.fixya.com/support/t1330051-defrost_timer

Good luck,
Tony Ip

Posted on May 28, 2009

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Hi all,
thanks for the replies. I have found it, Tony is right, it's on top right hand corner in Fridge Compartment. There is a very useful Youtube video on how to fix / replace it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCmB_JUFPZg


thanks again guys...!

U.L

Posted on Apr 04, 2013

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SOURCE: defrost timer location on Kenmore model 106.56542400

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