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Frost build-up freezer back wall

GE Profile Model # GSL22JFTA BS , frost build-up in back wall,had to unplug from power to defrost for freezer to work until the build-up starts again.

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Hi, You will need to remove the rear panel and test the defrost heater and the bi-metal switch. The defrost heater is a very common problem with this model. You can check continuity on both the heater and bi-metal to detern which one need replaced. The bi-metal switch needs to be tested while it is could. If both of these parts prove to be ok, you will need to change the mother board.
I hope this helps you. Please let me know if I can assist you further.

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