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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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