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Ice is building up on the back wall of fridge

The auto defrost operation in the fridge appears not to be working as well as it should as ice seems to have melted then frozen again on the back wall .I have found that the door seal has a split down one side.Could this be causing the problem and how easy is it to fit a new one?

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Option 1 defrost fridge manually by switching off power for 24 hours, allowing built up ice & frost to melt.
Option 2 Switch off mains power and using a hair drier blow hot air into the freezer supply vents. This shuold shift the ice in a couple of hours

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