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Only 3.5 yrs old stops getting cold...

The frige was purchased new 3.5 yrs ago.  Just two months ago it suddenly stopped getting cold.  Everything was ruined.  I unplugged it, it defrosted and made a mess on the floor.  I plugged it back in and it worked again...for about 2-3 weeks.  Just long enough for me to replace all the meats. veggies, dairy products, condiments, dressings, and so on. 


It seems to me that something is freezing up and thus automatically shutting off.  My guess would be that really a thermostat is malfunctioning or something. 


Any ideas??  This is costing me a fortune and no time is a good time to smell the living areas up with decaying foods, or to  be out of all food, drink and most important, ice cubes.


And I have my house up for sale!  This is most inconvenient..

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Re: only 3.5 yrs old stops getting cold...

It has a defrost problem.  If the evaporator gets totally frosted up it can't circulate the cold air.  It will be one of 3 things.  I will list by most common.  1.  Defrost thermostat (clips onto the evaporator).  2.  Defrost timer.  3. Defrost heater.  If you have some basic tools and a multimeter I can walk you thru the checkout.  I would need the complete model # from the sticker inside the fridge section.  Let me know if I can help further.

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