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Beer cooler keeps freezing

My beer cooler works for a few days and then the evaporator freezes.Iturned thermostat setting off for a day or so, turn it back on it works r
for a while then freezes again..Fan at back is working, could it be faulty thermostat?

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Could be but sounds like it may be low on gas. What emp do you set it at. Should be about 35 degrees if you have it set to low it will ice up on you. Russ

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