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Maytag side by side ref. not defrosting

I have jumped the defrost board to put it into test and it will not go into defrost. I guess I just wanted another opinion before I purchase another defrost board.

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    My refrigerator MSD2756GES does not defrost, it forms a solid block of snow / ice over the evaporator and I have to thaw it with a hair dryer. Where is the auto defrost controller and can it be manually set so I can see if the function can at least work? What might I have to replace and how do I check?

    Thank you.



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If it didnt go into defrost by jumping across board, i ck that with unit running compreesor on, jumping across the test leads for a few secs. if doenst shut down compressor bad board

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