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Keeps freezing up after replacing defrost heater and defrost t'stat unit goes into defrost but heater does not get hot.

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You need to replace the defrost board. its the board at the back, on the right hand corner at the bottom of the fridge. this is not inside it's outside on the back of the fridge. this controls defrost system.

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