Model #FRS26ZSHB4 FRIGIDAIRE Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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Defrost heater?

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Although I have no experience with your particular Frigidaire side-by-side model, I regrettably have had experience with the defrost heater failing in my own frig/freezer. On my GE, you could see the corrosion of the wires/leads where they attach to the heater element. They are not encapsulated or otherwise shielded from the water produced by the defrost cycle, and eventually corroded. If you have the ability to turn on the defrost cycle via the timer, you could check for voltage at the element, or utilize an infrared thermometer to determine if it is producing heat. If you already confirmed proper operation of the timer/controller, I think you hit the nail on the head in suspecting the heater itself. I pasted in the link to your parts diagram, in the event that you haven't already seen it.

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Curmudgeon_ -
August 19, 2013
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Thanks for contacting manage my life about your refrigerator model FRS26ZSHB4, I will be glad to assist you. The service information provided by the maker does not supply the ohms readings for the defrost heater, so you can test it either by forcing a defrost cycle and check voltage to the heater should be 120 volt ac = - 5%. If you timer is good and the defrost thermostat are good as you explained then voltage reading should be present unless there is a broken wire in the circuit (which would be rare). You can ohm out the heater and it should show a closed circuit.  Keep in mind that the defrost timer must advance itself during normal operation, it has a small motor that allows advancing so that must be good. However if you force defrost with the thermostat closed the heater should come on and heat the coil. If this happens then the timer motor is bad and replacing the timer will be needed. I hope this helps you, if you need more help reply with details and I will be happy to respond. If you need parts here is a link to Sears Parts Direct.If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services.Ron H.

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Ron H -
Sears Technician
August 20, 2013
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