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Fridge slowly gets warmer and stops working

The fridge seems to get warmer over a period of weeks and then stops getting cold. The freezer vents collect a large amount of ice in a short time restricting the vents. When cleared, the fridge gets cooler again, for a while.

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  • stevedamm Jan 11, 2009

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You have one of 3 parts not working.

1.The defrost timer.
2.The defrost element.
3.The defrost themostat.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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    Randy Hough Jan 12, 2009

    just make sure you disconnect the power and you should be able to do it.



    Defrost timer: 2 screws hold it on and the wiring is a clip you unplug.



    Element:Held in with 2 metal clips and has 2 wire that lead to connectors



    Thermostat:one metal clip and 2 wires that lead to connectors

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