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System does not go into defrost

I replased defrost board & sensor unit still does not go into defrost

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Did you check the solenoid on the reversing valve? Has the compressor ever been replaced?

Most reversing valves are normally in heat pump mode, and when the solenoid is energized, it is in A/C mode (in summer cooling, the valve is energized.). If the solenoid is bad, then the unit can not switch to defrost.
If the compressor has been replaced, there is a chance that the reversing valve might have some trash in it, preventing it from switching over. Lightly tap on the valve when defrost or A/C mode is being asked for.

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If the defrost function is not working on your refrigerator it could be an issue with the defrost control board. This control board oversees several internal conditions and regulates the activation of the defrost cycle. A faulty board can be the primary reason your refrigeration unit is not transitioning to the defrost cycle. Over time, the buildup of ice on the evaporator coil will prevent the refrigerator and freezer from maintaining proper internal temperature. It is advisable to first check the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat for continuity prior to replacing the defrost control board.
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Will the unit defrost on its own?
If you take the panel off and find the defrost board, there is two pins labeled test or speed up.
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