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The freezer is 19deg and the lower food compartment only gets to 60deg

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Model number is always valuable in order to be able to give you more accurate information.

Check rear wall of freezer by feel for frost. Heavy, even frost indicates likely problem in the defrost system. Defrost heater (most likely and in freezer behind rear wall), defrost thermostat (in freezer-must be checked at freezer temperature) or one of Defrost timer or Defrost control (Circuit board) generally located in Refrigerator compartment but may be inside rear of outer case. Defrost heater and defrost thermosts can be checked with an ohmmeter. Disconnect power to refrigerator, remove rear wall and disconnect at least one side of any component you are testing. If the heater and defrost thermostat test good for continuity then replace the defrost control.

Without repair refrigerator will work perfectly for about 7-10 days after being COMPLETELY defrosted, including behind freezer panel, until thick frost builds up again cutting off air flow to both compartments

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