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Freezer fan freezer compartment freezes ok, Fan will not come on while evaporator in back is 'healthy' i.e. no ice build up, freezing to the touch, sports the frosty look it should have. Fridge portion cools nominaly only, to be expected I suppose due to no Freezer fan activity. Next step? Thank you very much in advance!

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Actually, freezer fan has to come on otherwise how is the fridge supposed to cool.(fridge draws off from the freezer compartment). check if there is power to the fan. if freezer is nice and cold and fan does not run(assuming there is no power to the fan at that time, then you would need to check your freezer thermistors after that, your board. all this is assuming you dont have a blockage or shortage of gas in the sustem.

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Possible solution if this is frost free fridge freezer you get a large biuld up of ice behind the plastic back on the inside of the freezer which you can not see the ice tends to jam the fan and stops the cold air from circulaton solution is to defrost your freezer this will take about 2 days because the of large amount ice behind the back pannel on the condensor hope this helps

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