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Freezer frosts over and blocks the flow of air throughout the refrigerator and causes it to warm up inside.

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If this condition just started happening, and you haven't changed the setting or overstuffed the fridge, it may be your defrost timer. With the compressor running, turn the screw on your timer until you hear a click and the compressor shuts off. The compressor should come back on in 20-30 minutes. If this doesn't restore the normal operation, or if it fails to defrost again, you'll need to replace the timer. This only works for mechanical timers and not solid state timers.

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