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We left the freezer door open all night by accident two days ago

And both the freezer and refridgerator are blowing air that is not cold. We unplugged it yesterday morning and and took the back off the inside of the freezer to make sure the coils were not frozen. They are dry and it still won't blow cold air. Does anyone have a suggestion that we could try?

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I turned the fridge side off on mine, and left it overnight (last night!). This morning there is frozen stuff in the freezer. I think the compressor motor just needed ALOT of time to cool down b4 it would work properly again

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