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Lately, my freezer leaks at times. Something seems to be wrong with the automatic defroster. It first collects in the bottom but if I miss removing the ice layer at that time, I will have a small lake in my kitchen. Everything else works perfectly so if at all possible, I would like to keep my side-by-side. Thank you for any help.

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