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Temperature control of refrigerator/freezer not working

The temperature control for my refrigerator and freezer seems to be broken. Everything in the freezer melted. The temperature control has always been set to the middle. I tried increasing it to 'max', but it is still not getting cold. The light bulb still worked in the refrigerator so I know it still has electricity. Please help.

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  • armandrexter Apr 21, 2009

    thanks for the quick feedback! i'll try it out and keep you posted.

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Let me know if the compresor and the condensing fan motor works beacause most of the times the problen is not in the temp control.But if you whant tomake sure that the temp control works or not you can pull the two wires out from the temp control and put a jumper wire between them and if starts cooling you just need to replace it

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