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Westinghouse 390l cyclic defrost

On the cooling plate on the left hand side bottom is a square cover which is accumulating ice which is not defrosting. What could be the problem here?

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I've checked the model GLRS237ZA you posted under but not sure what you are calling the "cooling plate". Please check this site and re-post with the item number you are refering to, thanks.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007


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