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Not Defrosting Fridge side was not cooling. Replaced Temperature Controller, but, did not solve problem. Realized the freezer may not have been defrosting properly. Tested the Defrost Timer per the solution offered here and susequently replaced it. Now the freezer is not defrosting at all. Is there a set-up for the Defrost Timer that I am missing or is this problem deeper down the line?

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There are two more items that needs to be tested...

one the defrost heater itself and the second one is the bi-metal which cuts off the heater in case there is no ice to heat.

tnx 4 using fixya,

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Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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