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Why does my maytag mqf1656tew have ice build up on bottom shelf and where is the drain plug at. This is a frost free freezer

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Frost Free means that it performs defrost cycles to keep the chiller plate or evaporator fins free of frost. Difficult to know where your frost is, but it can build up on anything this time of year. If your frost is on a part that provides the cooling, then it will need a service visit as the defrost timer is faulty.

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