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I am removing the back panel of the freezer because something with the defrost isnt working. Freezer has ice/frost build up. hany tips on how to defrost from here until the repair guy can come around?

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One easy way is to unplug it and let it thaw out on it's own... get a couple ice chests and put you food in them and unplug it overnight...works wonders!

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