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Subzero Freezer ice keeps building behind coils

Ice keeps building and drawers get stuck closed. We defrosted and now it's returned. Ice builds up behind coils and and error code shows.

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In 601 model. really common problem is the drain hater. watch close the ice maker for a BIG long ice. on the cotton psrt of the back wall. some models have 1 some 2 depends in the serial num. ask you tech for replace the DRAIN TUBE HEATER. that way your cover. really helps a lot the code number...................good luck................. leave a comment...........thanks

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