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GE TBX18SKE REFRIGERATOR IS AROUND 55F AND THE FREEZER IS AROUND 22F. I took the heating tube out and did a continuity test, tested good, visually it looks great. I cannot seem to locate the defrost timer. I put a new thermostat switch, the one that clips on the coils behind the freezer cover. I would just replace the heater and the defrost timer if I could just locate the darn thing, it doesn't seem to be behind the temp controls in the fridge either. Can anyone help?

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As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezerGE TBX18SKE REFRIGERATOR IS AROUND 55F AND THE - 2_bing.gif and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...

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