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Defrost cycle staying on?

Fridge and Freezer go into defrost but don’t seem to come back to cooling unless I turn the temperature switches at the top of the fridge cavity off and back on again. With a wireless thermometer in the freezer, I saw the temp go from 0° to 27° and the fridge go from 34° to 42° before opening the door and doing this.

How often should the unit go into defrost? Every 7 days?

What part would be defective if it is not restarting its cool cycle?

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  • Eaglehorse6 Apr 21, 2008

    Twice now, our 3-year old Jenn-Air French Door refrigerator has gone into the full-time defrost mode -- which ends up with the compressor running all the time and frost on the back wall of the freezer, with the coils completely blocked with ice/frost. Each time the solution has been to replace the control board (part no. 67006740 or Whirlpool part no. W10165748). The part costs about $75 retail, but the total repair bill costs 3 or 4 times that much. Apparently we can look forward to replacing the control board every 18 months. Is there anything we can do to extend its life?

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Hi, With the information you supplied I’m going to assume there is an ice build up at the rear of the freezer. Your problem is going to be with your defrost system. I will also assume you have the ability to repair this yourself.
This is going to be one of three problems with your refrigerator, 1st thing to do is remove shelf’s and panel in the back of the Freezer. You may see ice build up on the evaporator, don't worry get a hair dryer and melt the ice.
Next locate the wires for the defrost heater and using a multi-meter/ohms meter test the heater for continuity (it should read infinite) if the defrost heater is bad replace it.
This is what a typical defrost heater looks like:
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If the heater is good test the defrost thermostat. This should normally be done when the evaporator is still covered with ice since it will only activate at 40f - 50f depending on the thermostat. When tested with the ohms meter at below 40f it will read infinite. It is normally clipped to the upper right of the evaporator and look something like this:
4462625.jpg The next possible problem could be the defrost timer. If you have tested the heater and thermostat and they have tested good next find the defrost timer, If your refrigerator has a mechanical one it will either be located inside the control panel in the fridge or behind the panel below the doors. Once you have located it advance the dial until you hear a click. This will initiate the defrost cycle. If your heater begins to get hot this will tell you that your timer has stalled and needs to be replaced. A typical mechanical timer looks like this:
f218caf.jpg If your refrigerator has a digital defrost timer you should locate the tech sheet. Normally you can find this behind the panel under the doors. It will tell you how to initiate a manual defrost cycle. As before if the heater gets hot you will have to replace the mother board normally located behind a panel at the rear of your refrigerator.
If your fridge is warm and there is no build up of frost/ice on the back panel inside the freezer then you problem is most likely going to be the evaporator fan, have you heard the fan running in the past few hours? if you are not sure pull the panel out to where you can see fan and watch it over the space of an hour to see if it turns. If you don’t see it turning replace the motor. This is what a typical evaporator fan looks like:
a4183d8.png Hope this helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to comment again. If you decide to get a repair guy in should not cost you any more then $120 - $200 depending on make/model/problem Good luck & thanks for using Fixya! Mike

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