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1 yr old Kenmore fridge (18 cu ft top freezer mdl 970-41924) has very long defrost cycle - freezer contents partially melt, fridge warms to 50-55 F. (Normally runs at 38-40 F.) We keep several litres of water/ice in closed containers in the freezer to act as ''thermal ballast'' to reduce temperature fluctuations. Is defrost timer not working correctly?

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Either the defrost timer is going out or it could be your defrost bimetal thermostat that is located behind the back wall in your freezer. Both parts are cheap and easy to install. I would replace both.

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