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There is some frost on the back wall and the little bit of the coils that I can see are iced up. The fan is running. My ice cream is hard as granite.
I did the hair dryer thing yesterday without removing the back panel, waited a while and then started it back up. It worked alright for a while then started to freeze up real cold again. The warming of the refrigerator section just started yesterday.
I have to get all the food out of both the refrigerator and freezer, remove the freezer door, the icemaker and the panel to defrost the coils. This should take 45 minutes to an hour. Will this chat session stay open that long? If not how do I get back in touch with you?
OK. I'll be back with you in about 45 minutes to an hour. Do I need a meter to test the thermostat?
I have defrosted the coils and have access to the defrost thermostat. It looks like one wire goes to the coils and the other wire is in a gang plug that goes up to the refrigerator. I have an old Simpson 260 analog meter. Can we work with that?
Yeah, pretty clogged and also some on the outside of the panel a little and even a little on the freezer door.
Bryan: I lost touch with you earlier. I waatched the video and put the defrost thermometer in ice water and checked the resistance. It was 5 ohms. Is is good or bad?
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I tested the heating element and the meter went right to zero, so the heating element must be good. When I tested the defrost thermometer it tested at 5 ohms warm and still 5 ohms iced down and cold. I just tested it again and the same thing, 5 ohms hot or cold.