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Freezer not freezing. It works for several days then thaws out. I think it might be the defrost thermostat getting stuck. Is that where you would start?

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Best off to call a reliable service company such as Sears. It could be the defrost thermostat or the defrost termination thermostat or the defrost heater.

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