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My freezer is defrosting the defrost button is on I turn off it goes back on after a few minutes

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Sea Breeze
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SOURCE: GE Monogram Side by Side 42" Freezer light is lit on front panel.

The defrost timer is what I think you are asking. It is behind a cover near the light, The timer puts the fridge in defrost ever 6 to 8 hours. If the timer is bad it will stop the cycle of defrost and cause the freezer and the cold food section to warm spoiling the food and increase the freezer temp. Try turning the timer screw clockwise until you hear the fridge compressor stop. If after this listen for a crackling noise that will be the sound of defrost taking place. If doing this starts defrost, you will need to replace the timer. 

Posted on Oct 21, 2007

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Totally Unreasonable if you don't mind me saying so. The person who told you that story was thinking of an absorption unit more than likely.

Your proble is related to the defrost system of your refrigerator. There is a timer that automatically starts the defrost. It energizes the heaters that defrost the cooling coil. After the coil reaches a preset temperature a defrost terminator turns the heater off for the remaining time on the timer cycle. You could have a bad timer (stalled) which would not start the defrost. Locate the timer and turn the clutch head screw clockwise very SLOWLY until you hear one audible click. The defrost should take place and will be indicated by water in the drain pan under the refrigerator. If after 25 minutes it does not restart in the cooling mode turn the screw once again to the second click and replace the timer.

If the refrigerator restarts after 18-22 minutes and defrost does not take place your problem is in the heater circuit. Open heater or thermostat (termination switch)

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

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SOURCE: Freezer will not defrost on its own GSL25JFPE

Most likely, the defrost system has failed. There are three components: a defrost timer, a defrost heater, and a defrost bi-metal.
I would have suggest replace your defrost heater.

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

jcpark50
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It might be the timer motor, if it doesn't run. neither does the timer. Easily replaceable and cheap. good luck. John

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

gil1714
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Hi, this is gil1714 in Scotland. how to defrost freezer cda cw186.
lost instructions? try getting the user manual online and print it.
just enter the make and model on google and choose best info. in
the meantime extract contents and wrap in blankets/duvets to keep cold. open door and push defrost button or switch unit off at mains plug. use appropriate containers and towels to catch melt water .
you may use a hairdryer or fan heater to speed this process but don't get them too close to the plastic bits. if using the defrost button it should auto-reset, if it switches back on too soon, switch off at mains. leave for half hour after defrosting, switch back on and restock. Hope this is helpful . gil

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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We have Frigidaire Upright Freezer. After 6-7 days its stops cooling as its condenser gets ice around it whereas the fan is working good. We clean the ice and it again starts working/cooling.


There are a few possibilities. Freeze-ups are a result of the unit either not having sufficient airflow or the compressor running too long and too often. As you note the fan is good, chances are airflow is not the issue. There are a few quick items that you can check on:

1. Check door seals. Leaks will cause the interior to lose cooling faster and result in compressor overloading.
2. Do not overload the freezer. Too much inside the freezer will cause loss of airflow INSIDE the unit and can cause issues.
3. Avoid putting too much unfrozen material into the freezer at once. It takes a lot of work to remove all the heat from a large amount of material.
4. Avoid multiple opening and closing of the door. Upright freezers are inefficient as they lose all their cold air as soon as you open the door. Chest freezers do better if you must go into the unit often.

Lastly, undercharged refrigerant system can cause the same issue. If you don't have any of the other problems noted, have a serviceman check the refrigerant and fill the system as needed.

Feb 29, 2016 | Frigidaire Freezers

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TFX22JR. Why did The freezer stop freezing (contents are liquid)?


It appears that you have a malfunction of the defrost system;
locate the defrost time and turn clockwise until you hear a click; at that point, you manually advanced the time into defrost. if after a few minutes you hear water coming into the drain pan (under the fridge), it means that your defrost heater and thermostat are OK and you just need a defrost timer. if it does not start to defrost, you better call a tech as you may have different problem that you probably cannot resolve without the right tools and training.
If you order the timer, you must still defrost the freezer through 2-3 additional defrost cycles to remove the frost that accumulated over the past week. make sure that no frost remains behind the panel before turning back on

good luck

Aug 02, 2015 | GE Refrigerators

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I have. Kenmore comerical referigerator 253.44723100. The coils freeze. Keeps a pretty consistant temp of 43. If I defrost will work for a few days then temp climbs back up.


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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

You should not have to defrost manually. You have a automatic defrost cycle. Every 8-10 hours your unit should shut down for 20-30 minutes, except for the light. This is when your defrost heater turns on. Afterwards, the freezer turns back on.

The defrost heater is on the bottom of your cooling coil behind the back lower wall.
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Part #: 216730700 Cost: $43.00

You also have Refrigerator Bi-metal Defrost Thermostat. Cost $27.00. At times the back of this component will pop out and fail.
25592992-wte2ibsdwpcevewvzivs5fqb-2-2.jpg You also have a defrost mechanical timer. This is located in the lower back behind a metal plate with a slotted hole through it. You can trip the freezer into the defrost mode. Taking a large screw driver turn the stem slowly clockwise one click at a time until the unit shuts down. After 30 minutes repeat this process to turn the unit back on, until you get a new timer.


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Notice the slotted hole on the left.

You may also defrost by unplugging the freezer for 24 hours. Have plenty of old towels handy. Plug the unit back in and after 12 hours you will be back to your desired temperature.

Mar 19, 2015 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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Defrot timer biometal


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Kenmore Model Numbers Look Like 795.513012
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Turn the timer slowly clockwise until the compressor and fans stop. Leave the timer alone in that position that turned the compressor and fans off for up to 35 minutes. In the first few minutes after the timer turned fans and compressor off you should be getting defrost. If timer comes on by itself and you have defrost results the timer and defrost heater are good. If the timer does not turn the refrigerator back on but the defrost took place then replace the timer. Every different refrigerator or freezer has a different amount of time on for cooling and time off for defrost so it is important to know what the model number is to answer the part number and time off/on ratio. What is the model number of the refrigerator that the timer is on? Sea Breeze

Jun 30, 2013 | Refrigerators

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I have a sub zero 532 and the freezer keeps freezing over. The back is covered in ice and making a loud noise. What part do i need to fix this?


Well, you probably have a bad defrost terminator if the fan is running. If the fan never runs, it's probably a bad fan. the terminator is what tells the heater when the defrost is done so it doesn't overheat. If it goes bad, the self defrost quits working. Another option is the defrost tier may be bad.
If you remove the grille up top the tier is mounted in a panel next to the condenser. it has a little place where you can turn it clockwise with a flathead screwdriver to "fast-forward" it. With the freezer still turned on, turn that timer very slowly clockwise. it will make tiny little clicking noises. turn it until it makes a much louder click. It should now be in defrost mode. If you go too far, just turn it all the way around again. Now wait a few minutes and see if it starts defrosting the ice in the freezer on the coils. if the defrost system starts working , you need a timer. The old part # was 3081180, but the deal should know what you need and be able to cross it. If it does not defrost, it is probably that terminator in the freezer, mounted to the coils just to the right and behind the icemaker. That is much harder to get to . Good luck!

Feb 07, 2013 | Sub-Zero 690 Side by Side Refrigerator

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Frezzer not cold enough


Cold originates inside the freezer. TA fan pushes the freezer air into the fresh side. So... if that fan ain't working or ice is built up inside the freezer then the freezer will work but the fresh side will suffer. If you have a defrost problem you could find out real easy. Just unplug it and wait a while (depending on how bad it is iced over you might need to go a few days). Plug her back in and if it works ok for a few weeks but does the same thang again then you have a defrost problem. The defrost system has 3 components defrost timer/control defrost heater and defrost termination thermostat. Why do we need a defrost termination thermostat you say? The defrost length is 21 minutes. if that heating element were to stay on 21 minutes your goose would be cooked instead of defrosted. The termination thermostat is designed to shut down the heater when the temp inside the evaporation compartment reaches 50f. So what goes wrong? Timer hangs up electronic control takes a dump, heater goes bad, Termination thermostat goes bad. Number one component that goes out? Termination thermostat. Look for swelling.
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Dec 21, 2012 | Dryers

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Fridge stops working and warms up for half a day then will cool back off and start working for a day or a few days. When it warms up everything in the freezer defrosts but will then refreeze a day later...


Check your defrost thermostat in your freezer access panel. Your defrost timer could be faulty, Your defrost timers ussually run for 12 hours and defrost runs for 30 minutes. That being said that is why I believe your timer is getting stuck on run and then eventually it finally gets unstuck and goes into defrost. Eventually it will get stuck in one place or another.

Aug 27, 2010 | Frigidaire FRS26H5AS Side by Side...

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NorLakeModel KLC45-WL-AUC26


WALK INS HAVE TWO THINGS THAT SHORTEN DEFROST OR MAKE THEM LONGER. IF ALL THE ICE IS BEING CLEARED BY THE HEATERS IN THE COIL THEN IT WILL KICK OUT AUTOMATICALLY IF DEFROST CONTINUES AND THE COIL GETS TO HOT DUE TO AN OVERTEMP SENSOR ON THE COIL. HOWEVER IT WILL STAY IN A DFROST AS LONG AS IT IS PROGRAMMED TO UNLESS THAT SENSOR TRIPS. SO...... LOOK AT THE TIME CLOCK AND SEE WHAT LENGTH OF TIME ITS IS SET FOR. USUALLY A DEFROST CYCLE WILL BE SET FOR 30 TO 40 MINUTES. IF SET TO LONG THEN DEFROST GOES TO LONG AND ONLY COMES BACK ON WHEN SENSOR TRIPS. ADJUST CLOCK TIME TO 30 MINUTES OR 5 MINUTES LESSS THAN ITS SET AT RUN A FEW DAYS AND OBSERVE ICE FORMATION ETC. CLOCK MAY BE STICKING AND MAY NEED A LIGHT DRENCHING OF THE GEARS WITH A LIGHT OIL. TURN IT AROUND A FEW TIMES TO SPREAD OIL AROUND. YOU COULD RUN A CHECK ON THE CLOCK BY SETTING THE TIME TO TWO MINUTES AND GENTLY TURN IT TILL ITS CLICKS INTO A DEFROST AND WAIT . IT SHOULD COME OUT OF DEFROST AND BACK INTO REFRIGERATION IN 5 MINUTES. IF DEFROST IS SET WAY TO LONG THEN IT HAS BEEN RELYING ONLY ON THE TEMP OVERTEMP SENSOR TO TERMINATE DEFROST. IF IT FAILS THEN THE EXCESSSIVE DEFROST WILL CONTINUE TILL PRODUCT MELTS. SETTING THE CLOCK TO A SHORTER TIME SHOULD CORRECT BUT THE OVERTEMP SENSOR IS PROBABLY BAD . AVAILABLE FROM MOST COMMERCIAL REF REPAIR COMPANIES. OR YOU MAYBE CAN ORDER FROM MANUFACTURER AND CHACK EXACT OEM PART WIRE FOR WIRE ETC. LABEL ALL WIRES . TURN OFF POWER, TEST IT. MAKE NOTES.

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Frigidaire Frost=Proof Is Icing


There is a defrost timer located in the refrigerator compartment in the area of the controls. It will be covered by a plastic panel but there will be a hole in the plastic through which you can access the clutch head screw to advance it into defrost. Turn the screw clockwise very SLOWLY until you hear one audible click. this will put the system into the defrost mode. Defrost should happen in 18-22 minutes . after the 18-22 minutes the system should automatically return to cooling. If it does not restart after 25 minutes turn the screw a little farther to the second click. If you had to turn the screw the second time to restart the cooling replace the timer.

If the system restarts automatically but does not defrost your problem is an open defrost heater or defrost thermostat. These are located behind the back wall inside the freezer section.

Jul 07, 2008 | Refrigerators

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