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Would not shut off

I bought this refrigerator in 2004 and after less then 2 years it would not run properly. It was on all the time and nothing was getting cold.

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Re: Would not shut off

Check freezer for frost build up and if fan is blowing, check condenser, make sure its clean, and fan blowing, check vents in refrig. make sure no blockage, controls should be in the middle setting, check make sure compressor is running

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