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Refrigerator/Freezer not cooling

The fan is on, the compressor is hot, but the freezer is not cold enough. Ice machine quite. The weird thing is that if you touch the sides of the freezer it's cold at the bottom and gets warmer as you go up. As if the freezer is only cooling the bottom half. Any ideas where to start? Thanks,

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  • Anonymous Oct 10, 2008

    My fridgidaire freezer and fridge are not keeping cold enough.

  • johnahuber Dec 01, 2008

    I have the same concern, the ice maker not working, and the freezer only

    cooling from the bottom. Also the Frig portion not cooling, it seems to be

    cool at the bottom but up top.....

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Check freezer for frost build up and if fan blowing, check condenser make sure clean, and fan blowing, by compressor Make sure compressor is running and not shutting off on overload.. u said comp. hot.. should be warm... Not hot check vents in refrig. make sure no blockage, freezer control should be in the middle setting, you can try turning that to Warmer freezer allowing MORE air to refrigertor side.

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