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I have a kenmore coldspot 106.56666501 and the freezer coils keep freezing up. I have defrosted it with a hair dryer twice in the past six months. My guess is that I have to replace the defrost heater, but wanted confirmation before I do.

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You hit the nail on the head . if heater is ok then the defrost themo is bad or the timer . any of the 3 can cause a defrost problem . but heater is most common . mm

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