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Defrost element Had issues with warm frig. I defrosted freezer and found defrost heater element blown. I replaced the element, defrost timer and some kind of two wire round thing that clips to a small pipe in the freezer. Now that two wire thing that I replaced have no idea what it was and it had to be spliced in. Now that all that is replaced everything is working. My question is this is the second defrost heater element that has been chang on this 7 year old frig. is this normal? Or is there some other kind of underlining problem that I need to look at?

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  • Jeff23456 Feb 21, 2008

    thanks i do not remember the position I installed it the other day. But I put it back in the same way I took it out.

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You can check if the heating element has a metal cover on top. water should not be dropping on the glass directly while it is heating up. that is the cause of heating element blowing up. glowing hot glass cools down by a cold drop of water equals dissaster.

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It could have one of several problems. Is ice blocking the passage from the freezer to the frig? If so, then the problem is, it is not defrosting.

Or it could be it is not turning on after defrosting.

Either case would be a bad defrost timer. You can turn that with a screw driver till it clicks and see if anything happens.

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Or if turning the timer makes the compressor come on, then replace the timer.

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If you open up the freezer coils, use a hair dryer to defrost. That is safer than hot water.

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Just a guess. There could be other problems, but I think the defroster doesn't work. Frost buildup has blocked the flow of cold air. Anyway, try this. If it works, great. If not, it didn't cost anything.

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If that doesn't make it defrost, then the problem is probably the defrost thermostat, in with the freezer coils. When the frig defrosts, the defrost heater stays on until the defrost thermostat gets warm. It should be open circuit while warm. But if it is open circuit while cold, it is bad and is the cause of your defrost problem.

If you open up the freezer coils, use a hair dryer to defrost. That is safer than hot water.

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I don't know this particular frig, but evidently the defroster doesn't work. Frost buildup has blocked the flow of cold air.

There is a defrost timer, under the frig, accessible from the front. You can turn it with a screw driver. Turn it till you hear a click. If the timer hasn't been turning, that should turn on the defroster, a heating element nested among the freezer coils. Wait half an hour and if it is defrosting, water should be dripping into the drip pan underneath the frig. If so, then replace the defrost timer and you're good to go.

If that doesn't make it defrost, then the problem is probably the defrost thermostat, in with the freezer coils. When the frig defrosts, the defrost heater stays on until the defrost thermostat gets warm. It should be open circuit while warm. But if it is open circuit while cold, it is bad and is the cause of your defrost problem.

If you open up the freezer coils, use a hair dryer to defrost. That is safer than hot water.

Hope you can fix it.

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I kind of doubt that the fan is the problem. On my refrigerator, when it goes on defrost, the fan shuts off. They don't want it blowing heated air on the milk. Yours might be different.

I don't know this particular frig, but evidently the defroster doesn't work. Perhaps the fan doesn't work also, or perhaps the fan would work if the defroster were fixed.

There is a defrost timer, under the frig, accessible from the front. You can turn it with a screw driver. Turn it till you hear a click. If the timer hasn't been turning, that should turn on the defroster, a heating element nested among the freezer coils. Wait half an hour and if it is defrosting, water should be dripping into the drip pan underneath the frig. If so, then replace the defrost timer and you're good to go.

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If you open up the freezer coils, use a hair dryer to defrost. That is safer than hot water.

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I don't know this particular frig, but evidently the defroster doesn't work. Frost buildup has blocked the flow of cold air.

There is a defrost timer, under the frig, accessible from the front. You can turn it with a screw driver. Turn it till you hear a click. If the timer hasn't been turning, that should turn on the defroster, a heating element nested among the freezer coils. Wait half an hour and if it is defrosting, water should be dripping into the drip pan underneath the frig. If so, then replace the defrost timer and you're good to go.

If that doesn't make it defrost, then the problem is probably the defrost thermostat, in with the freezer coils. When the frig defrosts, the defrost heater stays on until the defrost thermostat gets warm. It should be open circuit while warm. But if it is open circuit while cold, it is bad and is the cause of your defrost problem.

If you open up the freezer coils, use a hair dryer to defrost. That is safer than hot water.

Hope you can fix it.

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I don't know this particular frig, but evidently the defroster doesn't work. Frost buildup has blocked the flow of cold air.

There is a defrost timer, under the frig, accessible from the front. You can turn it with a screw driver. Turn it till you hear a click. If the timer hasn't been turning, that should turn on the defroster, a heating element nested among the freezer coils. Wait half an hour and if it is defrosting, water should be dripping into the drip pan underneath the frig. If so, then replace the defrost timer and you're good to go.

If that doesn't make it defrost, then the problem is probably the defrost thermostat, in with the freezer coils. When the frig defrosts, the defrost heater stays on until the defrost thermostat gets warm. It should be open circuit while warm. But if it is open circuit while cold, it is bad and is the cause of your defrost problem.

If you open up the freezer coils, use a hair dryer to defrost. That is safer than hot water.

Hope you can fix it.

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