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Frigidaire FRS26ZSGRefrigerator is no longer cooling, and the freezer side has a little frost/ice at the back of the inside compartment and is about as cool as the refrigerator side should be.

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Your auto defrost is not working. remove the rear assembly inside the freezer and melt any builtup ice with a hair dryer. Then check the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat. If OK then check the defrost timer located either in the fridge compartment behind the temp control or under fridge in frount behind grill. A continuity test is good for timer contacts. Heater is typ. 30 - 40 ohms. Thermostat will read short short below 35 degrees and open above 45 degrees. Timer motor winding has a series capacitor and must be tested as such. Watch out for stalled or slow running motors that look OK. PS. : QUICK TEST - The timer can be turned with a screw driver through a service access hole. With the back - of - freezer plate off turn timer till it clicks and you hear compressor turn off, this is the defrost cycle (7-10min). Use it to see if the heater is getting hot.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

  • Ed Russo Mar 12, 2009

    Check that the circulation fan at upper back of freezer compartment is runng when calling for cold.

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