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Fan in fridge works but the fridge doesn't get cold. It's a small sunbeam fridge.

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if the compressor is running your ref. should be getting cold. Their is a defrost timer but when it is in defrost the compressor shuts off. I think you do have a leak.


Posted on May 08, 2009

  • Corey Haugen May 17, 2013

    Hi Mark, I have a Sunbeam Mini fridge as well. It sounds like its running but the fridge wont get cold. It was on its side for half the day. Is there a fix for this?


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