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Beko frost free fridge freezer keeps icing up around the fan in the freezer compartment stopping the fan turning have to scrape off every couple of daysneed to know how to stop this happening please

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    Frost and ice buildup in bottom pull basket .i am unable to remove things as they are frozen. Am defrosting now. Why is this happening ? Freezer is 3 yrs old

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Hi there.....sounds as you need a new defrost heater unit fitted.....if your unsure how to do this contact beko service.....

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If the freezer is in a cold place (below operating temp of freezer)the fan housing is the first to freeze.solution is move it to a warmer room.a common fault with freezers in garages.....

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