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Freezer works on my Dometic rm2804 but the fridg isnt

I had a bunch of frost built up on the back coils and i melted all the ice off and now it wont even get cold at all and this happend a cpl days ago.Is it the coils or what is the problem if someone could please help me before i keep waisting money on food just to have it go bad

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How did you remove the ice? If you used a sharp object, there's a very good possibility that you punctured one of the lines that carries refrigerant through the system. If the refrigerant has escaped, there will be no cooling in either the freezer or the refrigerator compartments.

Possibly the coil and/or lines can be repaired, but most likey if it's the evaporator coil, it will have to be replaced, and this is NOT something the ordinary homeowner can tackle. It requires specialized equipment and materials not generally available to anyone but licensed HVAC service people.

This is the only explanation I have for why the unit would completely quit working after ice being removed from the coils.

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