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Our refrigerator freezer vents ice over and the refrigerator portion will not maintain a constant temperature. It keeps warming up. When unplugged for a short time (10-20min.s) refrigerator will operate properly. Refrigerater needs to be unplugged about every 3-4 hours during the day. What would cause this? Larry

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Hi,
The peoblem could be a number of things....but the most common would be problems with the defrost timer/control board which ever you have....

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