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Replacing a conventional defrost timer with adaptive defrost assembly 61005988

I want to replace a conventional defrost timer with adaptive defrost assembly 61005988.  The defrost timer has 4 prongs with the standard prong assignment (3  4 1 2) however the adaptive defrost assembly has 6 prongs.  Can you tell me how to proceed.


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I want to replace a conventional defrost timer with adaptive defrost assembly 61005988. The defrost timer has 4 prongs with the standard prong assignment (3 4 1 2) however the adaptive defrost assembly...

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You can go from an adaptive (electronic) to a conventional timer, but not the other way.
I've done many.
The reason why, is initial cost and long term dependability. My experience is, electronics have no business in a device where dependability is it's most important virtue. As well, you would unlikely ever hope to recover the initial cost, even if it was possible.

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