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In our basement where the freezer is located, there was a lot of white mist in the air. Our freezer no longer works. The fan is on and light but no cooling. It is only four months old. Could all of the coolent have leaked out?

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That is very possible if the fan and compressor are running. the best thing you can do is call maytag. its only 4 months old and is there problem to fix. Good Luck

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