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Freezer compartment temperature at 30-32 degrees F

I have had my defrost timer replaced and the freezer is still not freezing. The repairman says today it COULD be a freon issue. My luck I won't have the 5 year warranty. Refrigerator was purchased October 2007.

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  • Mitzi Jun 23, 2009

    There was occasional frost on the back of the fridge. And yes, it does run like normal. You can hear the normal sounds. Repairman did call back and yes, it does seem to be freon. We're waiting on a repair estimate now.



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HE'S correct i've seen many refrigerators with the same problem as yours.

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He is probably right , no frost and the machine is running like normal?

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