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  • augustliesse May 28, 2009

    We unplugged the fridge long enough to guarantee all ice had melted . In plugging the fridge back in the air still doesent move

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If the fan in the freezer is running,then the defrost system is not working and is causing ice build up to prevent air flow.

Posted on May 28, 2009

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough May 29, 2009

    I would have the fan checked and if you post back make and model,I can get a more detailed solution for you.

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