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Fridge timer location

Hi, just looking for the timer location on a Westinghouse, frost free, model RJ442j-q.

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THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS FOR DEFROST TIMERS ON
MOST REFRIGERATORS.
1 BEHIND THE REFRIGERATOR IN THE COMPRESSOR COMPARTMENT.
2 BEHIND THE TOE PLATE LOCATED ON THE FRONT BOTTOM OF THE REFRIGERATOR.
3 IN THE FRESH FOOD SECTION WITH THE CONTROLS

ON SOME NEWER ELECTRONIC MODELS, THE DEFROST IS
PART OF THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL LOCATED BEHIND A PANEL ON THE BACK OF THE UNIT.

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