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Heater Where is the defrost heater located at? And will it glow orange when it is defrosting?

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Good day,
Remove the rear panel in the freezer compartment. You will see the evaporator coil (cooling coil). The heater runs along the bottom of this coil. It is made of the same material a bake element in an electric range has.
While it glow? Not much if any on this model, but it gets quite hot during the defrost cycle.

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