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Defrost cycle not defrosting

I have a 5 year old GE Side-by-side fridge (model TFX20JABK). The defrost cycle seems to be turning on couple of times a day, but not defrosting. As a result i have to completely defrost entire fridge once a month. Pls. help

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Please check the defrost timer at the back of your refrigerator and also check the defrost thermostat. Defrost thermostat wiring(part #240) could be loose. You'll need to remove the back panel, held in place by 5 screws. Locate the defrost thermostat and disconnect it from the wire connection to another part. Due to the connection requirement, you may need to cut the wires from the original part and splice it with the connector with wires to the new part. After securing the spliced wires and covering in electrical tape, replace the panel and all the screws.

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