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I have a Hotpoint 8SS221 serial no. RD207971. The panel on the freezer side freezes up and does not cool the refridgerator side. I have taken the panel off and unplugged the power and had to use a hairdryer to thaw out the ice buildup. After I have done that the refridgerator side does cool for a few weeks and then I have to go through the hair dryer thaw again. What do I need to have that automatic go through a cycle to thaw out and maintain cold on the refer side. Thank you, Eldon Smith

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This is called a defrost problem . the defrost timer turns on the heater and defrost every 8 to 10 hours of run time to get rid of the frost on the coil. . either the heater has failed or the defrost terminator or the timer . some models use a adtive defrost pc control . insteasd of the timer . most common is the terminator and heater . . they have a new style heater that uses dual coils . some wiring changes will have to be made but the kit comes with instructions .. mm not a hard job .. feed back pls . mm

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