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My tfx20 fridge, keeps icing up in the freezer. changed timer and defrost thermostat. no help. the fridge does stop on the set times on the timer but never defrosts. Fan is on constantly, no leaks from the door gaskets, cleaned the dust accumulation, no obstruction from the freezer to the fridgge area.??? Help.

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  • David Ransom Jun 02, 2010

    have you ohmed out the heater?

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If the frost builds up on the evaporator coil, sounds like the defrost heater may be out. Check continuity.
If the frost buildup anywhere else - there must be an air leak somwhere. Usually it's the gasket or the ice dispenser flap stuck open.

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