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My fridge and freezer defrosted on it's own. My handy man thought it was the defrost timer, but now says it needs freeon. I didn't know it needed that in this fridge. model # ed2chqxkq00

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Most likely a bad "Motherboard".

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check if you have frost build up at the back side of the freezer section.

if you do, then it is a defrosting problem.

you could have a problem with the defrost timer, the defrost heater , or the bi-metal.

if there is no frost accumulation, that would be something more and you have to elaborate on what you observe with the unit to help me further troubleshoot your unit.

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