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Vacuum condensor light flashing and the refrigerator won't get colder than 51 degrees.

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The light is indication a problem with the condenser coils being covered with dust/dirt and cannot dissipate the heat energy absorbed by the system in the evaporator coils (freezer). Or the condenser fan is not running. Clean the condensor and/or check the fan.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

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    Bruce Volkers Nov 15, 2009

    If the maintenance issue of dirt on the condenser coils is not the answer, then you may need to have the unit serviced.

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