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Whirlpool Model # GB2SHTXTS00 refrigerator not cooling. it has bottom freezer...coils in the freezer are icing up... I checked the heater, and stat ohmed ok.i ran the service test everything appeared good.. that really helped out.....thermostat was closed... heater heated up in forced deforst.. check the heater 30 ohms checked the stat 0.5 ohms.....the coils were slightly frosted over.. I thawed it several days back...wondering if it is gonna freeze up again??? and stop cooling the refrigerator.. could it be possible the computer is bad ????? causing the refr. not to cool when it frost up where is the defrost computer controls?? diagram shows it at bottom ..not there at all

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Sounds like the defrost timer is not tracking the time properly. The unit needs to defrost once every 6-8 hrs. in order to work. Make sure the inside (evaporator) fan is running ok. If it rund for a few days and then warms up in the refrigerator section (coil iced), then the defrost timer is the culprit.

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