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Hidden Ice build-up inside plastic bottom cover of freezer

This ice build-up is invisible unless one unscrews and removes the bottom white plastic cover of the freezer compartment. The build-up became so bad after 15 months of use of a brand new AMCOR model 560WL top freezer refrigerator that it prevented the fan behind the rear wall of the freezer compartment from turning. The end result was a non cooling refrigerator and freezer. Removal of the ice using hot water and an ice pick enabled the fan to once again turn and the freezer and refrigerator to once again work. QUESTION: how does one prevent the invisible ice from building up?

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Generally, icing is the result of too much water vapor inside the unit, blockage of the circulation channels and too much packing in of the box.  The water vapor is generally caused by: uncapped items in the fridge, opening the door too often, humid conditions, bad door seals.  There is of course, there is a possibility that the defrost cycle on the unit is not working.  About once a day, depending on the brand, you should notice that the fans and compressor don't run and you should hear a bit of creaking, sloshing or other strange noises as the ice melts.  If this is not happening, your defrost timer or the coil it heats could be bad.

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