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Freezer side is frozen, but refrigerated section is not cold

Freezer side works just fine, but refrigerated side is not chilling food and drink at all.

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This happens when the coils frost over. That stops airflow from freezer to refrigerator. If the fan in the freezer is running read on: All frost-free refrigerator-freezers have a thing in the system called a Defrost Timer. The thing is a little clock of sorts that tracks accumulated running time. Every 8 hours of run time the thing cycles through a defrost cycle. The defrost cycle is necessitated by the humidity that forms ice crystals on the freezing coils, if the frost is not eradicated it can build up to the point where no air flows over the coils to chill the inside of the box. The Defrost timer in all boxes fails eventually from old age. When that happens, the coils frost over until they become pretty much just a solid block of ice. Most timers are located on the front of the machine, behind that removable grille under the door. The timer has a round hollow shaft through it, and can be turned with a screwdriver. Give the shaft a slow twist until a click is heard. The compressor should stop. Check the fridge in 1/2 hour to if it restarted. Sometimes the nudge will make the timer run for a while. (be sure to make it restart if it does not on it's own)If I'm on the mark you will need to get a replacement timer. The process can be repeated daily until you get a replacement.
Hope this helps.

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