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Fridge not cooling down stays at 68 degrees

Freezer is fine stays at set temp. Fan and compressor run but the fridge will not cool down. Nothing in vent tube from freezer to fridge.

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  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    Same problem, what should I do. how do you check for low frion?

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You may be low on freon..thats one thing about fridges if you are low one side will still stay cold while the other side gets warm

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