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Problem with 8140-00, always goes into defrost mode or not freezing mode on freezer without any pins set for defrosting. All pins were removed since this device was going into a defrost mode and not automtically coming out.

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SOURCE: 8141-00-oem want come out of defrost mode?

You can contact Paragon (owned by Invensys Controls) Tech support at 800 445 8299 direct. When you call you will get an automated phone system. Navigate yourself to the defrost timer (not standard timers section) to get a tech rep.

Marty Walles is the most senior rep on these timers.

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