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Magic Chef refridgerator with small built in freezer model#MCBR 980W. Defrosting instructions unclear; red button suppose to be pushed in for defrosting the small freezer, How is it suppose to actually work? If depressed and you leave it to do it's own thing, It turns its self off before the ice is melted off the freezer and it all just refreezes again. Do you have to turn off the temperature gauge of the fridge also? Do you need to leave all doors open/closed when defrosting?? Any help would be much appreciated , Thank you. (Heidi Smith; ooosmith@comcast.net)

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I just defrosted my cooler and looked at the manual. It says that you should do it when the ice is only a 1/4 inch thick. Then it will do it without any effort. Well of course i waited till it was about 1 1/2 inches thick. The defrost button does help though. i pushed it and waited 3 hours and that loosened up the ice around the box. Then used an ice pick, flat head skrew driver, and a painters 5 in 1 tool. I cleaned the inside of the freezer fairly eaisly and let the rest of the defrost process clean the top and the sides of the box which i couldn't reach.

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