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Hi, You will need to change the defrost timer/board which ever you have... in the meantime a whap with your hand on the side of the fridge or unplugging and restarting may help....but the fix will only be a temporary one...next time it goes into defrost it may hangup again...

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Defrost is stuck in one all time it not cooling or freezing


A DEFROST TIMER is a cycling device, it times the frequency and duration that the defrost heater coils melt the ice that builds up around the evaporator coils. If ice is allowed to build up, air will not be able to freely flow past them - resulting in reduced efficiency and sometimes a drastic warming of the cooling unit.

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Most of the time, the defrost timer is in the cooling mode, allowing the compressor to activate when the thermostat signals it to. The remaining part of the cycle (usually less than 30 minutes)the timer is in defrost mode. In this mode, it signals the defrost heaters to melt the ice build up on the coils. This defrost action is limited by the defrost thermostat. If your DETROST TIMER go to bad, one symptom would be if your refrigerator is not cooling. Although there are many causes of this symptom, A stuck defrost timer can be one of them. The timer can get stuck in cooling (compressor activated) or defrost mode (defrost heaters activated) for usually two reasons:
- The timer motor can fail for one.
- The gears can also become locked up.

No matter what the reason is or which mode the defrost timer gets stuck in, the refrigerator can stop cooling. When the refrigerator is stuck in defrost mode, the compressor no longer comes on to cool the unit. If the timer gets stuck in cooling mode, the evaporator coils never get a chance to defrost, causing ice build-up to the point where there is a complete blockage of airflow past the coils.

The defrost timer can also cause the refrigerator to stop cooling due to failure of the internal switch which activates either the compressor or heater coils. Finally, when doing any repair on a refrigerator, check the condenser coils for dust buildup and clean accordingly.

According woth yur brand and model, look the part replacement in this link: partselect.com/refrigerator+test-defrost-timer+repair.

Good luck.

Jul 16, 2011 | Refrigerators

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I have an Amana refrigerator. The frig seems to be fine but the freezer seems to be continuously defrosting?


Possible that the defrost timer are stuck in defrost mode.

http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/check/defrosttimer.php

Nov 25, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Refrigerator seems to be stuck in defrost mode


Hi,

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Nov 18, 2010 | Kenmore Elite 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom Freezer...

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I hear fan running but it seems to be stuck in defrost mode


Hi,
Yes, the defrost timer often will stick...you will need to replace it...

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Sep 15, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Wiil not cool


If the heater is geting hot and not cooling sounds like it is in the defrost mode just defrosting or stuck in defrost mode.If it is in defrost mode it should stop defrosting after a while and start cooling. They defrost every so many hours depending on how they are set.

Jul 16, 2010 | Dometic RM2852 Refrigerator

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Ice dispenser is stuck in crush mode


the solinoid is most likely stuck down. however most of the time there is more ice in there than you realize

Feb 05, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Refrigerator is stuck in defrost mode.


If the compressor is running and not getting cold I would say that you have burnt out your compressor.
If it was stuck in defrost you wouldn't hear the frig running. When in defrost the compressor stops while the frig defrosts.

Dec 29, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Refrigerator and freezer not cooling


your fridge could be in a defrost mode, and the defrost timer could be stuck in defrost.

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Stuck in defrost mode after changing timer and thermostat


Amana adaptive defrost:

Press refrigerator light switch five times in six seconds to initiate defrost cycle. Pressing five more times within six seconds will cancel defrost and go straight into the run mode. Similar operation on both bottom mount and SxS refrigerators. After the defrost terminator/thermostat opens, six minutes of dwell time occurs before the compressor and condenser fan motor will operate. After defrost terminator/thermostat open, 10 minutes of dwell time occurs before the evaporator fan motor will operate.

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Kitchenaid refrigerator not working


it would not be likely to stuck in defrost mode but my guess would be the compressor is not running. overheated or the condenser is full of dirt. as you said , you can hear fan running, is it inside the ref or outside?..or both?..if that is the case, then it is on freezing mode because the fans would not run on defrost mode..i hope i was able to help..

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