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I have a maytag plus the fridge is cold the freezer is cld but not freezing. was working fine pulled out from wall and made sure there was room for circulation. ???

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Hi,

if the compressor is running your ref. should be getting cold. Their is a defrost timer but when it is in defrost the compressor shuts off. I think you do have a leak.

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