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The freezer when I opened up the freezer was glowing red is this a problem or some way of de frosting itself?

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  • robertst316 Dec 21, 2008

    thank you very much

  • rocknhawk Jan 09, 2009

    glowing red in the back of our freezer and the sound of water drops sizzling...normal? or fire hazard?

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It's the defrost heater doing it's job.

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