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No, it is not clogged with ice. I have turned it off, but the auto defrost function is working. This has happened several times before & I have managed to prevent it by keeping the icemaker off until I need it to make ice. When it is left on, this is what happens. The fridge is running & the Auto Defrost is making that horrible "I'm defrosting your freezer" noise.
I'm only assuming that the water line is frozen somewhere, otherwise it would not make sense that the fridge 'thinks' that it needs to defrost. Correct?
Yes, it shut down when I turned it all the way counter-clockwise & left it for a couple of seconds. Then when I turned the controls clockwise, it came back on. But the "I'm still defrosting your freezer" noise is still happening. It comes & goes every minute or so.
Yes, that's the sound.
What does the part do? Why do you think it will solve my problem? I've had this fridge for 7 years &, in my experience, once the freezer has defrosted, it will operate without a problem until the next time the Icemaker is left on too long & fills up.
Yes, I've turned the icemaker off (last night) & I've turned the freezer off & unplugged the fridge, but when I plug it back in & turn it back on, the buzzing continues. I really just want to know if there's a way to reset the auto defrost. Or do I have to let it run it's course & completely defrost. This always happens at the most inconvenient times (I hate this fridge). But given that I can not afford to replace it, I thought I could maybe get another solution to this dilema. So, again, what does that part control & why would replacing it solve my problem?
So, since I've already unplugged the refrigerator & replugged it, the defrost board should have reset. On the other hand, if the coolant is not circulating, then my fridge would not be cold & my freezer would not freeze. Is that correct? But I've had this problem ongoing for years & until I forget to turn the icemaker off, it seems to work fine. Curious? So part of the solution, I suppose, is to cease using the icemaker feature. Is it possible for that part to run intermittantly? And only after the icemaker fills up the ice tub? What if the replacement of the part does not solve the problem? What should be my next steps?
Your website does not always alert me when you have made a respone, so I did not see that you had answered me. However, I still would like to know why I've had this problem for years & it is sporadic & seems to happen based on the icemaker. Is it possible that this part is 'failing' but works most of the time?
It seems that one of my reply's was misssed completely. I will have someone come in & change that part, since I don't think I can do it myself. Thanks for your time.