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Not cooling Frost buildup in freezer, not making ice today, now refrigerator part is starting to not keep cool...we have vacuumed underneath and unkinked the coil in back. Only 3 years old.

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  • jarrobjen Oct 03, 2009

    Where would I find the compressor?

  • man_dipa May 11, 2010

    Check compressor is working or not, And how hot it is ? If it becoming hot then it there is leakage in Gas,but some gas get chocked.
    There is filter near compressor heat it with some hair dryer if it can open.Otherwise refueled gas



  • man_dipa May 11, 2010

    Can you tell me that you compressor is working and become hot?

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Side by side its an adaptive defrost or a evap fan
open the freezer, push the door button, if you can hear the fan, its the adap,,,
but you would want to inspect the defrost terminator as well.... but you can do that after you melt away the frost

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