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Refrigerator won't cool below 18c.

Freezer unit works. The refrigerator, no longer makes "water" noises, and when it runs, sounds different than previously.

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  • Henry Parker
    Henry Parker Apr 08, 2015

    How long would it be expected for the freezer to maintain freezing temps if the compressor were shot?

  • Captain Neal
    Captain Neal Apr 08, 2015

    A day, perhaps two at most if it was full of frozen food.


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Makes no sense to me as this refrigerator only has one compressor/evaporator. The freezer should also cool the refrigerator section. Try defrosting the freezer - perhaps ice has somehow blocked any airflow to the refrigerator section.

Posted on Apr 08, 2015

  • Henry Parker
    Henry Parker Apr 08, 2015

    It automatically defrosts. How long would the freezer hold freezing temps if the compressor were shot?


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