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Freezer defrosting the fridge works but it appears the freezer is defrosting. The compressor is hot . should a fan come on in the freezer?

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Hi thanks for the question yes there is a fan in the freezer you should be able to hear it when you open the door i would check that and replace thanks the appliance doc

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