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Replaced defrost heater

Old defrost heater glass tube was broken. install new one now only lights nothing else no compressor action please advise. Thanx

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If this is an old mechanically controled defrost timer style refrigerator, the defrost control may still be in the defrost mode. It should advance to run within an hour. If it does not, your defrost control timer may be bad. If you posted your model number, I could advise you on where the defrost control is located, what the part numer is, and how to manually advance it to the run position.

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