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I have an sg521s sise by side ,freezer will not cool below 40 degrees f

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First, clean out the condenser coils located in the rear or under the unit.  Second, make sure food is not packed too tightly around any cold vents in the box.  Has the unit been fully defrosted?  Do so by powering down for a day and letting it all melt.  You can use a hair dryer carefully to assist...watch out for water...the combo can kill.  Has the thermostat been set properly?  If none of this helps, you'll need a service call for a gas charge.

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