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Not cooling unit is not cooling. ice melted. feel some cool air but not very cold inside

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    No cooling effect and ice melt

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Did you unplug it for about 8 hours to make sure that it is completely defrosted? These new side by sides use cold air to cool them unlike the good old freon tubes running aroung the inside like the fridge your grandmother had for 50 years. They freeze up easy and take for ever to thaw out. check the seal around the bottom of the door to make sure it is not broken or hanging loose.

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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

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