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Fresh food section not cooling

Model -FRT22QRADO top freezer type. First off, I have both tstats at coldest setting. Dont feel much air at all through refr. vents. I'm trying to gain access to evap section to determine if frost buildup is the culprit. How do I do this?

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Hi, There should be 4 screws holding the rear panel on. The panel should then release. Make sure your evaporator fan motor is running also. You might find ice build up plugging the airway to the freshfood section. Please let me know if I can assist you further.

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I assume you are from the United Kingdom based on your unit. I am from Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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