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Ice builds up in freezer compartment, and I have to manually defrost it about every two weeks. This is a recent problem, probably in the last few months. What do I need to do?

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Hello my name is Heath it will be my pleasure to assist you. The problem is one of two things the defrost timer has stoped working for one and not putting the machine into defrost or the defrost heating element has gone bad. Either way these are not really for the do it yourself types as you have to take the inside of the refrigerator apart to get to either one in order to repair or replace.

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