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Frozen coils on the Refigerator side.

The coil tubing in the back of the refrigerator is freezing over with ice. I have defrosted it and as soon as i plug it in within minutes condensation forms and ice builds up.

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Make sure the evap fan is running,and the coil should covered for propper airflow

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