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Cannot turn off defrost mechanism

I'm trying to turn off the defrost mechanism on my hotpoint 8232 slimline model. (the little button inside the temperature control dial). I don't have the instruction manual (It's second hand), any help please!!!

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You need to have a defrost or the freezer will not work unplugging the time clock then the compressor will not work.if it is staying in defrost their is a manual stem you have to turn.Tom

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