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Items in freezer melting, Ice maker empty, fridge feeling warm

Checked manual and replaced water filter...also removed dust from back of fridge and compressor. Plugged fridge in again, hoping for the best. Water dispenser still works fine as well, water is chilled.

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Hi there,

you have 2 problems:

frist check the freezer thermostat and make sure that it's set to at least 5 or 6. if that is okay and you still have this problem, you may need to have the thermostat replaced and maybe more.

as far as the icemaker, if it's just the ice part that does not work, i would recommend checking the valve and water line coming into the icemaker.

can you tell me if this is a side by side or a top or bottom mount freezer? if you have the model #, that would be great.

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