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Amana ARB9058CSO defrost system isn't working. I tested the timer and it seems fine. When in defrost mode there is 120V at the heater but no heat is generated, so i assume the heater is dead but can the thermostat have killed it if it never switches to open?

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That's a calrod heater,they hardly ever go bad but it could be bad,try this,it's a good idea to change out the thermostat to while you're in there so do this,shut down the freezer control or unplug the machine,cut the two wires going to the thermostat located on top of the evap coil,wire the two wires together bypassing the thermostat,plug it in and put it in defrost,if the heater gets hot then you know the t-stat was bad and the heater is good,if it's in defrost and the heater doesn't get hot change out the heater and the t-stat and you shouldn't have to worry about either one of them going bad a gain.,also you can look at the t-stat,if it has clear plastic cap on top and it looks popped up on one side,it's bad,you can tell just by looking at the t-stat.hope this helps,when you cut the wires off of the t-stat cut them as close as you can to it so you can connect the new t-stat to the wires,when you get the new one the wire connectors come with the thermostat

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so you seems to have done your homework. all the inputs are great.

you said you have 206 volts at the heater connection prior to connecting the heater.
and would become zero once the heater is connected.

so you have a loose connection from the timer to the defrost thermostat then to the heater.
does the defrost thermostat you are talking about is the same as the bi-metal that we used to refer in our technical language.( it is the part that would open up as the temperature inside the evaporator rises to a certain level.)

because if you are referring to the fridge thermostat which controls the compressor. ( this is also 0 ohm when closed), then the problem could be in your bi-metal.
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run the fridge for a day ( so that we would be sure that the bi-metal is close) then put the heater in place, turn the timer to heating mode by turning it slowly.

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