How to Force Frigidaire Freezers Into Auto Defrost Mode

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How to Force Frigidaire Freezers Into Auto Defrost Mode
Fridigaire refrigerators/freezers can be forced into auto-defrost mode. (the kitchen. image by guiney from

The defrost cycle on a frigidaire freezer is typically set or started with the thermostat that is controlled or set by an electronic or mechanical timer. Newer frigidaire refrigerator/freezers have a temperature control that you can use to manually force the defrost cycle or auto defrost mode.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver

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    Electronic Timer

  1. 1

    Open the door to the refrigerator or freezer section, depending on the type of unit you have.

  2. 2

    Find the freezer control knob that is used to set the temperature for the freezer section.

  3. 3

    Set or turn the freezer control knob to "0" or zero. This will manually turn off the compressor and prevent the freezer from cooling.

  4. 4

    Find the "On/Off" button if you have a control panel on your frigidaire freezer. Hold the button for three seconds to turn off the cooling system. Press and hold the "On/Off" button for an additional three seconds to turn the cooling system back on.

    Mechanical Timer

  1. 1

    Open the door to the freezer section or compartment.

  2. 2

    Find the timer for the thermostat and locate the advancing screw.

  3. 3

    Place the end of a flathead screwdriver into the head of the advancing screw.

  4. 4

    Turn the screw clockwise slowly until you hear a click sound. The click indicates that the timer has activated the defrost mode for the freezer.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not forget to turn the cooling system back on or your everything in your freezer will melt.

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