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I have a GE Dehumidifier that is icing up. I cleaned the coils, condenser, and everything else to no avail. The fan works fine and is moving plenty of air. It does have an automatic defrost, but it does not shut off when iced up. Could this be the problem. If it is how do I fix it.

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