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Auto defrost not working freezes up every 3-4 weeks and i have to defrost manually.

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Not knowing the Brand and or model is tough to nail down the problem. But if it is not defrosting then the first part to track down and replace is the timer. The controls like this are located in the refrigerator side close to the thermostat and the heaters and terminator switches for the defrost are located in the freezer section.

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