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Freezer not freezing

Our spare fridge/freezer is in the garage. It's been extremely cold. The freezer light is on but the food is partially thawed. Does the cold weather effect the freezer's performance and if so what can I do?

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It sound like you may be having defrost issues,Check to see if you have a build up of ice on the inside rear wall of the freezer.If so,You will need to have the defrost timer,defrost element,and the defrost thermostat checked.

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After a FULL day of being left off and doors open to thaw out, check for any further thawing and dripping water inside, if present wait another 8 hours (you really want to get it thawed out the first time!) When that's done, reset BOTH temperature controls to the factory mid-point setting (5?) as marked on your control knobs.

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hi there the problem you have is that the temp in the garage is to low, the fridge part of your fridge freezer has priority and will only activate the compressor when req'd ie. in cold weather the fridge may not need to switch on the compressor for days at a time this is when the freezer will defrost.
All you can try doing is having some very low heating in your garage in the cold weather

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