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Maytag mfd2561heb double door frig making clicking sounds, gradually warming. I think the defrost heater may not be working. How to check defrost heater? Should I remove the back panel in the freezer drawer section? That's where the clicking sound is coming from, which I imagine is the fan hitting a build-up of ice.

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The defrost heater is one part that may be bad, but before you make it the culprit, test it first with an ohmmeter for continuity. If the heater tests okay, the defrost thermostat is bad and needs to be replaced.

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