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The refrigerator side was not getting cold, but freezer was. Took off back of the freezer to expose coils and found the were a block of ice. I believe this means the defrost cycle is not working. How to i tell if it is a control issue or "defrost heater" issue?

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You are correct as long as the fan is running. I would check the defrost terminator which is located at the top of the coil it's round and clamped to the coil, I've found more than one of these where moisture will get inside and swell the top up.

Posted on Feb 09, 2010

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