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Defrost timer I work in a hotel, and the guest complaine about the ref. being to loud at night. I was wondering if you can change the time it defrost to day's insted of nights.

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The timer has a rotation 24/7 every 6 to 8 hrs. depending on timmer set up it goes into defrost... there is No way to adjust when it will defrost.

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