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The top part of the freezer is icing quite significantly, and the refrigerator on the bottom, is spoiling any dairy goods as it is not getting cold enough. Please help me remedy asap.
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This can have several causes. 1) If the fan in the freezer is working (it will usually turn off when you open the door), then it is usually a defroster issue. If the fan is dead, then it's the fan.
Assuming it's the defroster, and the refrig is old enough, or inexpensive enough to not have any computers or fancy displays, the it is usually the defrost timer that is bad. Depending on the model, the timer is usually underneath the front kick panel, or more often near where the knobs are that control the temperature. Try finding the defrost timer - it may be under a removable plastic panel where the knobs are or where the light bulb is, and if you do, there is usually a knob on it that you can turn with a short, wide screwdriver or coin. Turn it until the refrig turns off and this will start the defrost cycle. It may take a while to melt the ice. The ice is under the bottom or back panel in the freezer. You can remove the panel with a couple screws and melt the ice with a hair dryer also. Assuming this was the problem - that the timer is no longer working, you will have to turn the timer again to start the refrig back up, unless moving it got it running again. By defrosting it manually, you have bought yourself a couple days before it ices up again, so go and buy a new timer. Occasionally, the problem could also be that the heater coil is shot, or the wire to it has rusted off, or a small temperature sensor attached near the coil is bad, but it is usually either the fan or the timer. By the way, there's usually a wiring diagram on a folded piece of paper hidden somewhere behind the kick panel. Good luck.

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