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Fridge shorts power out

can anybody help with a problem that i have with the fridge shorting my main supplies out. I think that i may have found the problem. at the back of the fridge there is some sort of timer switch, when i turn it around it shorts out at a certain point. the switch is located at the bottom of the fridge next to the black cylinder. the model of the fridge is an westinghouse silohuette frost free upside fridge/freezer. is it worth fixxing and if so is it an expensive problem to fix.

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From your description it sounds like a short in the defrost heater circuit. It would normally be a repairable item. You may want to consider the age of the refrigerator before getting into the repairs.

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