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Kelvinator 380 fridge

Hi there, my kelvinator 380 fridge is not cooling, freezer ok... fan in freezer is still blowing, but is not blowing cool air.

any ideas?

thanks
tony

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  • curo Sep 05, 2008

    sorry i was meant to say fan fridge is still blowing, but not blowing cool air.

  • les9751 May 07, 2009

    I have been told the solinoid is not available and that is the problem. Is there any solution?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    freezer OK. Fridge not cold at all?????????????

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