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Defrost heater voltage

Are you suppose to have 115v on each side of the defrost heater while in defrost or is it suppose to 115v across the heater.

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Hi, Yes there should be 120V when the defrost cycle is on. If not, chack the bi-metal switch and see if it has continuity on it. It must be tested while it is cold. If there is an open circuit, change the by-metal switch. You can try and bypass the bi-metal switch and put the cycle in defrost to se if the heaters come on.
Please let me know if this helps you at all or if I can assist you further.


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