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Ice build up on coil inside freezer

Compressor runs, fans are all running, ice builds up on the coil inside the freezer and stops producing enough cold air to keep food frozen in the freezer as well as keeping food cold in the fridge.

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It can be two things the refrgerator probably has a small refrigerant leak therefore it ices up, or the defrosting heater on the begining of the coil is faulty.

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