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Coils ice up

It is a GE Profile side by side, model TFX27PFSM WW. Tried advancing the timer and waiting for over an hour but frost still formed on back panel. removed panel and coils were frozen, top to bottom. Not sure if i need a new switch or heaters.

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Appears to be the defrost timer,unit should have advanced out of defrost within the time you listed

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