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Fridge/freezer running, but not blowing cold air

About a month ago everything in the fridge froze. We shut it off for about a half hour to reset it & cleaned all the vents. Now yesterday, we woke up to everything in the freezer thawed. It was blowing air constantly, but definitely not cold air. By the end of the day, the fridge was warm. In the past year, it also seemed like it was running a lot, and would run, stop, run, stop, and then run for a time.
Is this something as simple as a sensor? Or, are we looking at something much more complicated and expensive?
I believe it is 7 1/2 years old.

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If the back of the freezer is not frosted, you have a freon leak. call in a pro or get a new fridge.

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Sounds like compressor has failed remove the fridge and put your hand on the black unit at the back (compressor) it should be quite warm if running if not its not starting compressor are at there most stress when starting up and if failing this defrost may have killed it completely

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