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Fridge less and less cold. both sides. now totally not cold. defrost timer?new fridge

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The parts manual on that refrigerator show a defrost timer inside the fresh food compartment behind the control panel. Need you to turn the timer clockwise with a flathead screwdriver slowly until the compressor stops. Leave it alone for 30 minutes and if it does not turn itself back on then we need to replace the timer. If not we need to unplug the refrigerator and remove the back panel inside the freezer. We will need to test the defrost heater and inspect the defrost thermostat. Let me know when you are ready. The part number for the timer is 68233-3
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Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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    Did not mention there should be a small opening through the control panel cover with a hole or a plastic plug that you can remove to turn the timer....Sea Breeze

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