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Frigidaire Freezer Model FFU20F9FW1 defrost problems

Frigidaire Freezer Model FFU20F9FW1 defrost problems

Recently had a total defrost of all items in freezer. Replaced defrost timer and cleaned everything plugged in and the unit ran for a little over 2 weeks no problems. Today went out to put something in the freezer and found it 40 degrees inside once again. Called local parts place and was told that a limiter - thermostat could be the problem. Any help or suggestions? Some what mechanically inclined but instructions a six year old could follow would be a help. Thank you

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  • jberd Mar 05, 2008

    Nothing is frozen. Since the unit had been acting up. I was slow at re-filling it. I only had a few meat packages in it and several non- spoilable items . They meat was frozen till yeaterday

    If You turn the timer the freezer will re- freeze. No frost showing anywhere . I can hear the fan running and the compressor running. We turned the freezer off . For fear of burning up the compressor . The unit is doing exactly what it did before we replaced the timer. So we thought defective timer or some other reason that the freezer will not come out of defrost mode. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons May 11, 2010

    is anything frozen??? frost collecting in front of lower back wall?? hear fan turning???the deforst thermo might be an issue if there excessive ice/frost on lower panel, can be the evap fan not circulating air around cabinet as well.



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You say when you advance the defrost timer , id assume turn it ever so slightly the machine kicks on ad begins to freeze again?? then prior to advancing timer i would expect the unit to be totally dead(stuck in defrost mode).no fans,compressor or anything. that suonds like a bad timer or chck the wires going into the timer

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