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GE model # GSS25JFPHWW looking for the defrost timer on this one is it behind the ice maker in the freezer

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Defrost is controlled by the mother board, behind small rectangular panel on back of refrigerator. Part # WR55X10942 . (you can not use the board to manually defrost) If you are having a defrost problem, the most likely cause is the defrost heater (WR51X10055) and while you're at it, you might as well replace the defrost thermistor (WR55X10025) located at the top of the cooling coils. Manually defrost freezer by unloading freezer, removing shelves, and removing back panel inside freezer, then use hair dryer to melt frost. (you have to take those parts off anyway to get at the heater and thermistor)

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