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Does not hold temperature, warms up.

We transported the fridge on its side for about 10 minutes, left it outside upright over night (maybe 12 hours) and got it into the house and plugged in. It did not cool properly, the freezer did not freeze, the other part not below about 50.
After talking to some advisers, we unplugged it for 24 hours, and plugged in again. For several days it went through cycles of: freezer down to 20 degrees, hot to the touch on the outside of the fridge; freezer up to 50, cool on the outside of the fridge. The main part oscillated between 40 and 70. It deteriorated, now neither part can get cool, we have it unplugged.
This fridge did function without problems for years up to our moving it.

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If you hauled on its side then it is very possible you have oil in evaporator. replace all sealed system parts. compressor, drier and evaporator.

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