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What to do next--the freezer hasn't been sealed for a day

If I close it now will it re-freeze the contents, or must I remove everything and defrost? The outside walls of the freezer are warm; there is some water on the floor (not much); the condensation has "refrozen" in puddles on the shelves, and the coils are frosted with ice. How can I tell if it's working again when I close the door right now? Please send details about what to do next. Thanks!

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Unit might need cleaning under and in back of fridge (dust bunnies) use vacuum. front bottom louver panel has 2 screws or is snap fit. only other thing it might be is defrost timer

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