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My freezer works albeit leaks below into the fridge compartment through a vent. However the fridge is not cooling

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All cooling for the freezer and fridge takes place in the freezer. Cold air is transferred from the evaporator (cooling coil) to the refrigerator via a fan. If the evaporator is blocked with ice due to a failure in the defrost system, there will be no cooling in the refrigerator. Look for a failure of the defrost timer, defrost thermostat, or the defrost heater. These are the components of the defrost system.

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