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My Westinghouse Silhouette auto defrost 441 stopped running when I shorted it while replacing the awkward spring clip over the plastic terminal cover at the back.Yes I should have unplugged [thought I had], and yes I got a shock and a big scare. The light comes on but it wont run. . The short was thru a thin steel wire which instantly welded to the clip.[ I was using it to get a pull on the clip]. I think I've put too much current through 1 or more components. I suspected the thermostat [cold control] so bypassed it by connecting [at the thermostat] -the white from #5 on the starter to the blue which goes to the light switch from the incoming brown at the overheat control.?? is this right-I don't understand the starter,and it doesn't make it run.

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if the thermostat is not cold enough it will be open and not allow the heater to come on. I would suggest you let the unit run for a few hours then check on the defrost cycle. in that time the terminator should close allowing the heater to work

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The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp .

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If you bear with me, I will pull the service manual for your model and get back to you with instruction and parts diagram. May be a couple of hours.

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