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Old 10-17-2013, 08:28 PM  
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Timer motor has a capacitor in series with the motor....can't ohm that....will show open.

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Old 10-20-2013, 12:54 PM  
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...or they where turning it too fast.
Jeff, you were right: turns out the old timer was fine. Tested it with the meter, when I switched it into the defrost mode, it switched back in about 20-25 mins. During that time the fan was not running but the heating element never came on. One thing I noticed was that the thermostat did not look right (see photos). Looked as if its top popped open. So I guess this might be the source (or a source) of the problem. Also noticed that it seems to be attached to the coil with some type of bracket. How hard is it to remove and replace it? Also, with the thermostat being in the shape it is, is it likely other parts (like the heater element) are broken too? Thx!


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You can by pass the defrost thermostat by cutting the wires and connect the two ends. The heater should then come on when the timer is turned to defrost. Don't leave it without a thermostat because it can do heat damage without it.

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Thermostat is bad for sure....I see this when moisture has gotten inside the stat and it swells out.

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The timer turned out to be fine. Replaced the bimetal, the unit seems to be working fine, although I want to wait for a couple of weeks before declaring victory. Thanks all for help.

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Thankx for the update

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