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Fridge freezing Problem with Side by side kenmore fridge, started to note that the bottom compartment in the fridge was developing ice on the inside edge, top of compartment warmer, adjusted settings but then freezer developed alot of frost building up, took lower cover off and pulled out and vacuumed all dirt and dust from it. i have left unplugged to thaw out for 24 hours. Why did this happen? could it be the evaporator?

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    The crisper area in the fridge keeps icing the food stored there.

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A defrost problem, is gonna cause excessive ice build up in hte frezzer lower compartment. for somereaon the hdefrost heater was not energized. most common reason is a bad defrost thermostat, clipped on one of hte evaporator coils has gone bad,

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