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Refridgerator problem the defrost heater not working and i just a brand new heater element.

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Maybe the heater was ok all along. There are two micro-temps in line with the heater which go open circuit under excessive heat conditions. These are located at each end of the connections to the heater element. Check these to see wether they are still closed. They cannot be reset and have to be replaced if faulty/open circuit. There is also a defrost thermostat/terminator in the heater cavity which should be closed under cold conditions. Best time to check this thermostat is when the evaporator is full of ice.

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