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Evaporator freeze-up, fan works, can manually initiate defrost, will not defrost automatically, good connections on all wiring. Is this problem the Automatic Defrost Control?

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  • David Bement Jun 19, 2009

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  • David Bement Jun 19, 2009

    Thank you very much. I suspected that this was the problem. As far as the actual heater, I'll ohm it out to be sure, but it gets hot (I touched it on accident). Since it does defrost when I manually initiate I suspect your initial diagnosis is correct.

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Can you find the model number so I can help you better? Look in these places. Sears has a number like this model for example 213.256478
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    John Tripp Jun 19, 2009

    The most likely problem is the Defrost Control Part Number 4388932 located in the inside of the fresh food section
    #6 in photo below. If you would like we can check the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat behind the back panel inside the rear of the freezer. Unplug the refrigerator before working on these parts. First I would like you to examine the Defrost control for signs of heat or burns. Then we will need to check the defrost heater with an ohm meter to make sure it's not burned out. You will need to remove one wire from it to check from one end to the other. The defrost thermostat will not allow current through it after the freezer reaches about 50 degrees. Like you to visit my site, just click on link below. As is with Sears I always need to translate their model numbers into other peoples part numbers. If you have any problem, I am here to help and answer your questions, Thanks, Sea Breeze
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  • John Tripp
    John Tripp Jun 19, 2009

    Thanks, for your reply. I'm sorry I laughed a little when and how you found out the defrost heater worked. Let me know when everything is fixed or if you need anything you are welcome to my help, Sea Breeze



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