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Bottom of my fridge is leaking and has a funny smell, all fans are running but fridge is not getting cold enough even the freezer, around the freezer feel really warm?

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Does it smell like ammonia. Turn the unit off if it does. Look for yellow powder on the back this would be another sign the cooling unit has leaked. The only solution is to replace the cooling coil.

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