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All of a sudden

My roper fridge last night the freezer thawed out so today i took out the remaining food and stored it cleaned it completely i tilted it and cleaned the coils underneath gently and it is still not cooling what could this be its only 5-6 yrs old

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Re: all of a sudden

Fixing...first, I assume that the light is on inside. If so, is the compressor working?...that's a mechanical noise from the bottom of the unit. If you don't hear it, it can be a number of things. If you do hear it, does it work for just a brief period and then click off? Unplug the unit, wait 10 minutes and then plug back in. Then listen for the above click-off. How is the thermostat set? Is it in the normal range? Once you go through these checks, we can see if the problem is among the symptoms outlined or something else.

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