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The defrost heater burned up. I replaced it with a new one. After I plugged it in and it ran a day or so I realized the ice auger & the crushed ice was not working. A week and a half later the evaporator was frosted complerely closed. I went to the printed circuit board on the back of the refrigerator and jumped J11-L1 to J-9, defrost circuit. The heater came on and glowed red, so I replaced the printed circuit board, WR55X10552. The auger & Ice work but a week and a half later the evaporators frosted completely solid again.
Did I get a bad board?

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  • howardkinsel Sep 20, 2008

    heater coil was burn't out , replaced with new coil and defrost termination switch , lady calls back and said frosted up again

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Ice up all over the evaporator coils solid



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My refrigerator is warm, but my freezer id fine. What is the problem?

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Maybe but there is also a thermister in the defrost system that might be bad. The thermister is a small, white, barrell shape and is as big around as a pencil, It has 2 wires going in it and is attached to the top of the coils in the freezer.

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