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Fridge not cold, freezer fine...

Our fridge is not getting cold but our freezer is fine. We cleaned 10 years of dirt and dust out of the bottom but hasn't seemed to help.

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Re: fridge not cold, freezer fine...

Look at the back inside wall of the freezer. you might need to put your hand on it to feel it. if you see or feel frost the you have a defrost problem. if its not defrosting the frost builds up and blocks air flow from the freezer to the frige so the frige cant cool. it will either be the defrost element, defrost thermostat or the defrost timer causing the problem

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You said, freezer is fine the refrigerator is 50-65 does not get colder than 50.the evaporator fan is working but it seems to be blowing very little air
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