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Freezing up I have a Hotpoint side by side. The unit is freezing up and runs all the time. I just had the defroster changed out by a repair man about 4 months ago it's been doing great Till now. I pulled the back panel and did a ohm's check on the defroster it was 22.3 ohm's and I am getting 16.3vac

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Check Defrost timer (clockworks type), defrost heater wire (for open circuit) and defrost heater thermostat (stuck in run position).

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