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My freezer wont stay cold all the time. Sometimes everything is frozen and then a day or 2 later everything is half frozen. do you think it is the defrost timer?

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Very possible it's the timer. Before replacing that though, take a screw driver and without opening the
the freezer door peel back a little of the gasket and see if the light is staying on. If it is then on some
models you can adjust the door to get to the switch or the switch is bad. Without knowing what kind
you have I can't be positive. GE side by sides are known to do that...Other then that, yes it sounds like
your staying in defrost too long...good luck.

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