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The freezer automatic defroster element is not coming on enough to prevent ice build up on frezzer coils. Is there a way to trick system to make the hot coil work more. Often?

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Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes.
If yours is not staying on long enough the defrost thermostat may be defective and cutting it off too soon. It's clamped to the evaporator coil.
You have an adaptive defrost control which determines when and how long to defrost. I could be malfunctioning.

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