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Freezer works fine, but build up frost not allowing air to flow down to the refrigerator section. the fan inside the freezer is running. I can defrost it and it is fine for a while, but frost eventually builds up again in a month or so. The model number on the placard is GR9SHMXKQ00... a Whirlpool Gold series. Can you help?

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