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Refrig seems to be barely cooling and freezer isnt enough to keep ice from melting.

I began cleaning the dust under the unit and I thought it might have helped. I can still clean a little more. While under there, as any man that touches stuff he shouldnt I guess, I noticed a silver box with a red cam dial sticking out of it. I turned it to the right(will not go left at all) and the fan kicked on, unsure if the compressor did anything. The compressor is hot ( I did unplug the frig). All controls are on coldest position, but it is simply barely cooling. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

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HI thanks for the question. that part that you turned is the defrost timer. turn it again and leave it see if it defrost the freezer. if it does. replace the defrost timer. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks

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