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Ice build up in back section of a Whirlpool no frost top freezer refrigerator 66"hx30"wx27"d

Hi! This Whirlpool No Frost refrigerator with top freezer builds up heavy ice every 10 days on the back section of the freezer. Then the cold air flow stops to the refrigerator and it no longer cools and spoils the food. The defrost works. After removing all of the food and defrosting it thoroughly, it becomes okay for about week and a half and the problem appears again. Please help. Many thanks.

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Re: ice build up in back section of a Whirlpool no frost...

Your sure the defrost cycle works? sounds to me its not. you need to remove the freezer back and check the defrost components. or put it in the defrost cycle and see if it is working. to get that much frost as you describe the dor would have to be left open. also check all door seals. let me know what you find and we can go from there

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