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IMy freezer is not getting cold enough anymore

I have a model FRT18DRH and my freezer is not getting cold enough anymore. it's above 40 degrees. I noticed this yesterday and moved stuff around and turned it up to the coldest setting-gave it another day but it won't get cold. the fan is running and blowing cold air but it's not cold enough. The door shuts fine. Is this something can be fixed?

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We need to check to see if your freezer is defrosting properly. I am pretty sure your refrigerator has a defrost timer located inside the fresh food compartment behind the control panel. Unplug the refrigerator and remove the rear panel inside the freezer to have a good look at the evaporator. If frozen over defrost with a hair dryer. Then let me know so we can test the defrost heater and thermostat. Your model shows a defrost timer and that is the most likely reason if you find the freezer evaporator coils frozen over. See if you can locate the timer first and turn the timer slowly clockwise until compressor stops. Wait 25 minutes and the timer should turn the compressor back on. If it does not the the timer will need replaced. Let me know what you find, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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