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Freezer quit then noticed fridge side not cooling

Noticed melting water coming from freezer and was not cold no ice build up on tubes and now noticed the fridge side is not very cold cool air is blowing from bottom of fridge where it used to be warm air
air still flows through both the freezer and fridge but not very cold

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The relay on your compressor is bad go behind you refrigerator and take off the the bottom panel the relay is on the left side of your compressor usually

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