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Accidentally left the freezer door open, and ice crystals formed.

Reset the temp. controls, ice crystals are still there. Should I defrost? Can I? How?

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You can defrost by turning off the power and leaving the door open, but if it is a frost free model it should gradually rid itself of ice at normal temp settings. This may take several days.

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