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Amana model B136car# seems not to be defrosting

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There are only two elements in that defrost system; the heating coils themselves and a timer; I have lost both of these (not simultaneously) on occasion.
The timer is not costly and not that difficult to replace.
The heater coils are another matter; some DISassembly is required.
Since it is unlikely that coils in both the freezer and refrigerator are not likely to fail at once, it looks like the timer is at fault.

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