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I need a THERMOSTAT KNOB for a sanyo SR1286-1 - the one place I found in yur solutions, said it is discontinued. The refrigerator works perfectly, but unfortunately when defrosting, I did NOT wait long enough, tried to turn the dial to OFF and it snapped off. My email is: I have been looking everywhere on line for weeks now and just came across your website. Thanks.

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SOURCE: Defrost problem diagnosis

you will need a multimeter. check continuity thro the heater and stats mounted on the evaporator

Posted on Apr 08, 2007

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Have looked at the schematics for this cabinet and am unsure as to the location of both defrost thermostats as unclear on drawings. The purpose of the defrost thermostat is to overide the heater and end the defrost cycle, once the temperature on the evaporator is high enough (normally around 0'C). If you have two then one will probably control the heaters going off and the other may well control the fan, for coming back on. I.E. once the defrost has ended the second sensor will tell the fan when the coil is cold enough to come on, this prevents heat being pushed into the main area after a defrost cycle. If you feel competent enough then I would bypass the heater thermostat temporarily and see if the heaters kick in. The other thing to check is that you have a resistance across the two ends of the defrost heater. In my experience the heater is the most likely to fail, the sensor sometimes fail and the timers rarely fail. The age of your cabinet would suggest the heaters. Please do not leave the sensor bypassed as it performs an essential role. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 05, 2007

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SOURCE: Amana defrost thermostat

hard to tell which but either on will work not critical

Posted on Mar 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore refrigerator 5260 not cold

  • the defrost timer on your machine is actually integrated within a control board/air diffuser. hopefully that is not the problem (expensive).
  • i would start by testing the heater and bimetal thermostat in the freezer. (note: the bimetal thermostat will only have continuity when below 40 degrees.)
  • the heat you feel between the doors is normal (if it is not too hot). 
  • some of the heat that is released by the machine is intentionally released between the doors to prevent condensation.
  •  if it seems warmer than usual then you might need to clean the coils under the machine and make sure the airflow under the machine is not obstructed at all. 
  • if the coils are dirty then they will not be able to release the heat properly and the heat will be released in other areas like between the doors.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

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