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Will a burned out defrost heater cause the refrigerator section of the side-by-side Frigidaire to stop cooling? I have relpaced both the thermostate and the defrost control. Frige still not cooling/freezing.

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Good day,
Only if there is a build up of frost on the evaporator coil behind the rear panel in the freezer section.
I don't know what thermostat your describing, but the one controlling the defrost system is mounted on top of the evaporator coil. it looks somewhat like this.


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It must work. It can be tested with an ohm meter as long as it is cold. It should read zero ohms. As well the main heater can be tested with a meter. It should read 35 ohms or less. If either one tests bad, replace.
Once again, this approach is only for a situation where the evaporator coil is iced up. If not......
Other causes could be the fan motor not running. It is in the same area.

Lastly, there is a motorized damper located in the top left side of the fresh food compartment. It should be throttled open to allow cold air into the food compartment from the freezer.

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