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Freezer won't go below 10 and fridge goes between 40 and 60 degrees

Freezer won't stay cold and won't go below 10 mostly at 20. The fridge fluctuates between 40 and 60 degrees. Not sure what the problem is. Amana side by side. Not sure the model.

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Ensure the condenser is not clogged with dust or other debris.
Ensure the condenser fan (usually found in back) is turning when the fridge is running.

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Hi,Ihave had my electrolux fridge freezer for two years now and it is sited in my garage.When it gets really cold the freezer turns off defrosting everything,just found out if it drops below 10 degrees it...


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Cold enough and it will not work at all.
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As well, there are other issues. In that situation, the machine could well stay off 12 to even 24 hours.
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You said, your Trio won't make ice. Freezer stays at about 25 degrees regardless of control setting. Fridge maintains 40 degrees at mid setting. Shouldn't the freezer be close to zero? Is there a way to check the temperature sensor in the freezer?

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