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Believe my compressor is bad

My 10 year old Amana side by side won't cool to proper temperature. Freezer won't go below 28 degrees F, and fridge side is stuck around 45 degrees f. Even when I put it on "fast freeze" Has been like this for three weeks. High temperature warning alarms come on every third of fourth day, usually in the middle of the night which is a pain.

All cooling fans working, and no frost buildup inside (replaced the thermistor last year as the defrost was not working, but now no problems.) coils are clear. Is there an easy way to test compressor function or whether the refridgerant has leaked? If it has leaked, can it be "topped up" as with an air conditioner, or should I just bite the bullet and bin it?


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Bite the bullet. or get a repiar person who know how to fix it.

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If the temperature in the garage is even in the 40 to 50 degree range, the loss of cold in the fridge may not happen often enough to keep the compressor coming on often enough to keep some freezer items frozen solid - such as ice cream. Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees F, other products may require lower temperatures to remain frozen, and could thaw at 28 or other temperature.

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