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Is there a heating element in freezer?

Is there a heating element at the bottom of the freezer? I see an orange glow behind the inner wall and hear water sizzling as it drips.

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Hello, Yes there is a heating element in the back of the freezer. This is the defrost heater which kicks on every so offten to defrost the evaporator. Please feel free to comment again if you have any further questions. Mike

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