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Warm refrigerator compartment

I have a Frigidaire model FRT21LRGW2 with top mounted freezer, my freezer works fine, but the refrigerator compartment is warmer than it should be, plus condensation is forming on the top of the refrigerator compartment. I have checked the seals on the doors and they are fine. I have also tried increasing the settings for the refrigerator with no change.

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