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Refrigerator is barely cooling, but freezer woks fine.

We noticed the other day that the refrigerator was not cooling properly. It is staying only slightly cool, while the freezer section is working fine. This refrigerator is a top freezer type unit. This unit was purchased approximately 10 years ago.

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Sounds like a defrost problem. First though, check your settings that they are in the correct spots where the owner's manual tells you they should be. IF that is not the issue, next, can you look in the area of the back wall of the fridge to see if the condensor coils are all iced over? You may need to remove the rear inside panel to see them. No hard, couple of screws and your there. This is most commonly caused from little people or our beloved spouse (never us!) leaving the fridge door open a smidge overnight or through the day. Another common problem is after the holidays when someone other than yourself tries to stuff the 50 pound turkey in a 20 spot leaving no room for the door to shut. As a result, the chilling function will go into hyperdrive to keep cooling and eventually ice over and become very inefficient at cooling in the fridge. Even the freezer is effected, but it is not as easy to notice. Here's what to do. Once you find the large area along the back wall of the fridge that contains the frozen over coils, you will want to unplug the fridge and get that ice out of there completely. Using hot water and a catch basin to catch the water you pour over the coils, continue this until the ice is all gone. Make sure your settings are back to normal settings as per owner's manual and plug in. Should be all better now.

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