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My freezer temperature fluctuates dramatically.

At times my food is frozen solid and at other times, it is almost thawed/melted. I've tried adjusting the freezer temperature but it still happened. I'm assuming a part is malfunctioning but I don't know which part that might be.

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SOURCE: Freezer in my GE side by side is collecting ice

No , if you have to thaw , it means you have a defrost problem not freon . Most likely , a shorted defrost heater or a bad defrost thermostat ( bimetal ).
A model number would have help me be able to tell if both parts come together as an assembly , thereby , saving you money and time .

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