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Over the period of the last week the fridge and the freezer have gotten steadily warmer and ice maker stopped there is frost build up on the back of the freezer could the freon be low or maybe defrost timer

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Cleaning the cond. coils on the back is a good idea,but your problem.may be in the door sealing faces themselves and not in the freon system, as the back of the freezer is icing up your best bet would be to Empty them and defrost them.Those coils can't cool if they're iced up so clean the ice off Check the seal on the freezer and fridge doors , give them a clean with surgical spirit Check the latches if it has them.If air is getting in, frost will build up quicker as the air inside will be warmer they are trying to compensate for the warmer air hope this helps

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