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Frezzer stuck in defrost cycle

I have a Whirlpool (Kenmore) side-by-side refrigerator. intermitetly the freezer will completly defrost and everything in the freezer will unfreeze. this occurs about once every 7-8 and i am forced to remove everything from the freezer compartment. the refrigerator side is unaffected and the freezer will start working again the next day. I think that it maybe getting stuck in the defrost cycle. how can I correct this problem

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You have a bad thermostat . The piece the refrig temp knob is on ( not the freezer knob , it works off an adjusting rod ) .

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