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I have a whirlpool refg that will not auto defrost.

The freezer stays frosted on the back wall,the refrig is below and dose not cool.

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Inside your fresh food compartment is a defrost timer hidden behind the tep. control panel. Most panes have a hole or plug you may need to remove to turn the timer. I need you to turn it clockwise slowly until compressor stops running. Wait about 30 min. to see if the refrigerator comes back on. If not we need to replace the defrost timer part # 482493
That is providing the model number above your post is correct.
Model Whirlpool ET22RKXG?
Let me know, Thanks Sea Breeze

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Mike, Please send the complete model number so I can help you better. If your refrigerator has a defrost timer this could be the problem. You also can visit my site below and enter model or part number in the search feature. We also offer free help and assistance. , Thanks, Sea Breeze seabreezehvac@yahoo.com


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