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Heavy frost build up on back panel of freezer side of refrigerator and both sides are warming. Is the defrost heater bad?

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Hi there,

if your able to defrosting your freezer and it happen that melting at both side only,but it should not building up frost,your defrosting switch or your defrost heating element is busted.you cant check using multi tester perhaps you should knowledge on using tester.this should be done by ref/aircon technician.have a nice day.

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