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Frost build up on back panel. 3 weeks ago used hair dryer to melt ice behind panel that was on the coils. Now we are getting frost on the coils and the top of the freezer door. Refrigerator section is now noticeably warmer. help

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The defrost cycle on this fridge is not working. Ice is building up, restricting the air flow to the food section causing the area to warm up, the defrost components need to be tested to find the fault

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