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The coils in the freezer of my maytag refridge get iced up once a week. It shuts down my fridge. I use a hair dryer to defrost them and get the fridge working properly. What ccan I do to prevent this from happening?

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Your freezer is under-charged of refrigerant. you need to have it refilled with refrigerant. Usually under charged compressor are overworked compressors and consume more.

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