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Freezer section works, refrigerator becomes warm.

I open the back wall in the freezer and clean all the ice on and around the heater which makes everything work fine. But after 3 or 4 days, the problem comes back and I have to do the same thing. The fan works fine. I am thinking that the heater does not defrost, that's why the ice accumulates. Need help, what part to change.
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  • yusafm Jun 16, 2008

    Thank you very much 22yooper, your solution to my refrigerator problem was to the point and easy to follow.  If I had waited for your solution to come out, I would have saved some money. Now I  tell all the folks who have similar problem, to follow your procedure and fix it yourself. I panicked and called the technician who exactly did the same thing as you suggested and found out that thermodisc  was bad which he replaced and now my refrigerator is working fine. Thank you 22yooper. You are EXCELLENT.



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In the defrost circuit there are three major parts. Defrost timer, defrost heater(s) and defrost thermostat. Defrost timer failure will not put power to the circuit. Defrost heater failure will fail to defrost when the timer applies power. Defrost thermostat must be closed for defrost to take place. FIRST located the timer, rotate the Clutch head screw clockwise SLOWLY until one distinct click is heard. Timer will be in defrost mode and defrost should happen in 18-22 minutes after which the refrigeration should start cooling again. If defrost takes place and it does not go back to cooling automatically turn the screw once again until you hear the second click, unit will start. Replace the timer. If defrost does not take place in the time frame above and the unit restarts in cooling test the defrost heaters. From the heater(s) follow the wires from each end to where they plug into the circuit. Unplug them and test through the heaters with an OHM meter. You should get a reading if they are good, if no reading replace the heaters. If you get a reading on the heater(s) replace the defrost thermostat.

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