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I have a zanussi fridge freezer. I have had it for a number of years and it has now stopped defrosting automatically and I have had to defrost it twice in a month as huge chunks of ice are forming in both the fridge and freezer. It gets so bad that I can't open the freezer draws! Is this a sign it is at the end of its life?

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It means that the defrost system has a fault which IS a repairable item. Defrost systems have three main components; a timer that starts the defrost process, heater which defrosts the cooling coils, and defrost termination switch which shuts down the heater when the temperature is reached where all ice is gone.

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