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My Kenmore freezer model # 970-257320 is no longer keeping food frozen. Suggestions?

There is a slight cool breeze inside, all sounds are normal. There is a small build up of hard ice along very back bottom that I'm working on removing. Any advice?

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IF the unit is not self defrosting and there is ice, you may have ice blocking the evaporator coils. If the unit is self defrosting and is not completing a defrost cycle then the defrost timer is bad.

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