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How do i force defrost on this fredge

I replaced a something that was on evaporator on right that was open circuit and i just wont to see if i fixed the problem

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To check defrost you first need to have an evap coil temp below 32, the thing you replaced was prob the temp sensor for the defrost.
Find the def timer and turn it till it goes into def.

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Your text:

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{ That was the termostat}

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