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KitchenAid refrigerator - Force defrost mode?


I have a 12 year old KitchenAid "French door" refrigerator with the pictured control panel.

Does anyone know the button sequence to press to force the refrigerator into defrost mode?

I haven't been able to find this answer online anywhere.

Thanks is advance!


  • PC7060
    PC7060 Member Posts: 1,240
    edited July 7

    Why do you want to force defrost? The operation is typically tied to a timer and temp sensor (“Bimetal Defrost Thermostat”). In my experience, if defrost isn’t working the temp sensor is bad.

  • HomerJSmith
    HomerJSmith Member Posts: 2,511

    Unplug it and open the doors. Why do you need a forced defrost?

  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,962

    there should be a little service information sheet tucked in to the chassis somewhere. i think it is in the back of the kick plate on whirlpools. if it isn't defrosting there is likely a bad solder joint/defrost relay or defrost heater or thermostat. if you find the electronic timer checking the heater with an ohmmeter should be easy.