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We have a hotpoint cxt 21ga or tbf-21d refridgerator at a mountain cabin. The coils inside the freezer and all the way down the back plain are frozen in ice. The freezer compartment stays cold of course, and the refridgerator compartment is warm. We are in the process of a long thaw. The fan behind the panel in the freezer is working. How can we tell if it is just frozen up because it is left closed for long periods and the Power Saver switch has been left on, OR the defrost sensor or heating coil is bad? What are the other possibilities?

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You need a new thermostat and posible a defrost timer

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