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American fridge/freezer, over the last week the freezer compartment has melted ice? Today decided to remove all food from the freezer compartment - cleaned it out leaving the freezer and fridge thermostats in the normal position. A couple of hours later opened the fridge door, found it to be very hot, opened the freezer, found over heated? Freezer not cooling but heating?

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  • yes, refrigerators have heaters in them to defrost the buildup of frost around the coils
  • they defrost approx. every 12-16 hours
  • if the defrost cycle gets stuck then it will continue to heat
  • i have seen it melt the plastic inside the refrigerator

  • possible causes:
  1. bad defrost timer
  2. bad thermo switch in freezer
  • i would replace both as they are not expensive

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