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Refrig side doesn't cool like it did, changed the overload relay and nothing was diffrent, and the compressor is hot to the touch. is this common? i now have the freezer side set on the middel setting and the frig side all the way up, we stuck a freezer pop in the freezer and it is still frozen and we stuck a warm soda can in the frig side and it is cold now and we have cold air coming out the top left side vent in side the frig side of the unit, its not a fast cold blast but its cold. This problem started when we noticed that we had a lot of ice build up in the freezer side and the frig side started to loose it's cool.we had some one come out and they said it was our defrosting cercuit board, and another person said it was our overload relay! before we installed the overload relay we cleaned the coils real good and every thing else that is on the bottum of the unit, then we plugged it in and after awhile the compressor started to make a klicking noise and the compressor was hot to the touch ,you could touch it but you couldn't leave your hand on it. the fan was working just fine but the back of the unit was off due to damage a while back, way before this problem. we have a cover on the back now made out of thin sheet metal "cut to fit" one of my questions is! does the back cover go completly across the back with out having any vent holes or vent slots? question #2 how hot is hot? question #3 are my units settings ok now ? did i fix the promblem? please help thanks!

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