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The refrigerator is not staying cold. the freezer works fine. we tried the settings to no avail. any advice?

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Quick temporary fix - defrost the freezer (inside frezer lower back) it is probably full of frost/ice - this prevents air flow and therefore no air enters fridge side. common failure due to bimetal defrost thermostat failure ($20) - replace part for permanent fix

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