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My name is Thomas, My refrigerator is not getting cold and there is build up of ice in the back of the freezer. I would like to fix the problem but cannot locate the manual to further troubleshoot. I am aware that the problem could be the - Defrost Timer, Defrost Heater, and or Defrost Thermostat, Just need manual to located, troubleshoot and replace part or parts. What do you suggest? In desperate need of help.

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Have looked at the schematics for this cabinet and am unsure as to the location of both defrost thermostats as unclear on drawings. The purpose of the defrost thermostat is to overide the heater and end the defrost cycle, once the temperature on the evaporator is high enough (normally around 0'C). If you have two then one will probably control the heaters going off and the other may well control the fan, for coming back on. I.E. once the defrost has ended the second sensor will tell the fan when the coil is cold enough to come on, this prevents heat being pushed into the main area after a defrost cycle. If you feel competent enough then I would bypass the heater thermostat temporarily and see if the heaters kick in. The other thing to check is that you have a resistance across the two ends of the defrost heater. In my experience the heater is the most likely to fail, the sensor sometimes fail and the timers rarely fail. The age of your cabinet would suggest the heaters. Please do not leave the sensor bypassed as it performs an essential role. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 05, 2007

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http://www.us1internet.com/FRS24XGCW2_141846.htm

The above URL will take you to an exploded view of the controls. Look at number 23 which will be located behind toe plate below door on the left side. That is the defrost timer. Rotate the clutch head screw Clockwise SLOWLY until you hear a loud click. That is the defrost timer starting the defrost. If the unit restarts after 18-22 minutes and defrost does not take place you problem is most likely the defrost thermostat.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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Typically with this model it is either the timer or the defrost thermostat.

This is behind the back wall of the freezer. It is attached in series with the element. It is designed to open when the heater gets hot enough. The part is about the size of a stack of 6 quarters and typically has a blue end coating on one end. The other end is silver in colour and should be clipped on the black coloured heating element. It will have 2 wires coming out of the blue end.

If this part is defective then it will have to be replaced. by cutting a splicing a new one in. Be sure to unplug the fridge before replacing it.

There are 3 main components that can give issues; the timer, the thermostat and the heater. All 3 should be checked to confirm the fault. NOTE the timer contacts can be burned out as they arc under normal operation.

If you have a multimeter then you can check if the heater circuit has 0 or close to 0 resistance when there is frost on the back wall of the freezer. if it is then the timer is bad.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Air Flow to Refrigerator keeps getting blocked by ice buildup

yes it is but check any plug and socket wiring as well

Posted on Aug 31, 2008

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SOURCE: Ice build up in freezer

Defrost system failure.

Defrost timer, heater, therma disk, any one could be bad.

You could manually defrost and this would get the Ref back to working for a couple of days before it iced up again. Remember there is a lot of ice build up on the cooling coils in the freezer that you can't see so, a little extra time with a hair dryer is needed to do a complete manual defrost.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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