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Freezer compartment ice build-up

Kenmore Elite Model #795.75546401 bottom freezer compartment developing an ice build up. In addition, frost appearing on back of the freezer tray/compartment. How do I defrost? Is this a bigger issue than just defrosting? Thanks!

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Too defrost just open the doors for a day with the unit unplugged. as far as why it is frosting up check door seals make sure they are all good and seal it up well and that should take care of it.

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