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My "frost free" freezer is frosting up. What is the problem? This is occuring about every ninety days. I unplug the refrigerator, allow it to thaw and then plug it back up. All is well for about 90 days and then the process must be repeated. winston

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Your defrost circuit has failed. It is the circuit that automatically turns off the compressor and turns on a heater to melt the ice build up on the evaporator coils. It is made of of 3 parts, the defrost heater, the defrost thermostat and the defrost timer (if it is an older model, if newer, then a control module.) The typical failures are with the defrost heater and the defrost timer.

Don't know what make and model is your fridge since you did not supply it. If it is an older model, it might have a defrost timer that turns off the compressor every 6 hours and turns on the heater for 40 minutes. As the coil reaches 40 deg F, the defrost thermostat, cuts off the power to the heater. After the 40 minutes are up, the compressor restarts and the cooling cycle continues again. If you have a newer model, the defrost is controlled by the an electronic control module.

If it has a timer, it should be located near the bottom of the refrigerator or in the temperature control box in the fridge compartment. There is a cam that can be turned with a flat screwdriver, turn it until it clicks. Plug the fridge and listen for the sound of cracking of melting ice. If the compressor does not start after 40 minutes, then the timer needs to be replaced.When you need to manual defrost your fridge, unplug it and remove the back panel in the freezer and you will see the evap coil iced up. Use a hair dryer to melt the ice. Attached to the coil is the heating element and the defrost thermostat. You can check the heater with an ohmmeter. It should read less than 50 ohms it if good and read infinity when bad. If the heater is ok, then you need to check the module or timer.
Hope this helps you.

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