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Freezer has frost building and the refridgerator is too warm.

Setting controls are not the problem. cold is not getting into the fridge. kitchen aid model # KTRC22ELWH01.
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Make sure the evaporator fan is working, open door and push switch in if fan works make sure opening from freezer to fridge is not blocked. if door was removed make sure light in fridge is shuting off if temp in fridge is in the 50 degree range your light switch is not being deactivated check spacers between door and hinge . sometimes when door is removed a spacer will fall on floor and light switch is not hitting door

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