Question about Marvel 61RFxx 24-inch Refrigerator/Freezer

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I have a Marvel 61RF refrigerator/freezer that needs defrosting. I cannot find the manual and an wondering how to defrost.

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  • cheryle_hirs Jan 11, 2009

    The problem is that it is built in and I cannot reach the plug.

  • cheryle_hirs Jan 13, 2009

    Thanks to your help I was able to find the knob and defrost the freezer yesterday. Your were so nice to respond to my questions. I really appreciate your help. Thank you!



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Youll simply pull the plug to defrost that model, problerm is that there shouldnt be that much frost on it to defrost, thinkin you may have an issue withthe thermistore not turning the unit off

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons Jan 11, 2009

    you can turn the unit off, using the control, no need to unplug, the unit, if not acessable



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