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Fridge & Freezer not cooling.

I noticed awhile back that the center of the fridge was getting hot where the doors meet. I mentioned it to my husband who did nothing. Went into the freezer a couple days ago and noticed that our ice cream was soft and that the ice cubes weren't totally frozen anymore. I felt a few other things and realized everything was defrosting. So I took everything out and put it in our big freezer outside. I made him take the fridge out and away from the wall and remove the guard at the bottom and discovered that the plastic piece that holds the coils away from the fan was broke and that the coils were now blocking the fan from moving. So we fixed that problem and the fan is working now. However, the freezer still isn't freezing stuff and now the fridge part isn't working. I have no clue what else to check. I don't know how to get to anything on this fridge to check it. I was looking at the manual that you posted here (which was great, thank you!) and it appears there is another fan but I have no clue how to get to it. My husband is not very mechanically inclined mind you but I believe he can fix it if I know how to get to it. Of course knowing our luck that isn't the problem. Do you have any suggestions? I would hate to lose all the food in the fridge since I just wnet grocery shopping, but I don't knwo what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated it.

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Re: Fridge & Freezer not cooling.

Welshons, You want to make sure that the condensor fan is still running. Your evaporator fan, located behind the panel in the freezer should be running too unless you are in defrost. Your compressor should be running, it may have gotten real hot from the condensor fan not operating and is kicking off on overload. Once it cools down it should restart. Your condensing coils should be warm to the touch if the compressor is running. Right behind the temp. controls you will see a hole in the control cover. In that hole is the defrost timer. You can take a flat blade screw driver and turn the notch clockwise slowly to see if you are in defrost. It will click and the freezer fan should start running,(if it's in defrost). Just a gut feeling tells me either your condensor fan is still not functioning right or your compressor is too hot to start. Check the above out and let us know, back.

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