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ZFSB26DRESS water runs warm and freezer not staying cold.

GE Monogram side-by-side freezer/fridge (model ZFSB26DRESS)
is having some trouble. The Water dispenser on the door of the
freezer runs cold, then warm, then cold again (as if some section of water
is getting warmed up quite a bit and when I trigger water out of the door
I get that "section" of water before new cold water comes in).

The freezer side is not staying cold (goes from 0, up to 12+ after a day.
If I unplug the unit for 10-15 minutes and then plug it back in, the
unit seems to balance back to 0 for freezer and 37 or so for fridge
overnight.

The compressor in back of the unit is quite hot. The encased fan in back
of the unit is running, but not very fast (not sure if this is normal or not).
If I take off the back side of the freezer unit the coils sometimes are iced up
a bit near the bottom of the back of the freezer.

Any suggestions to determine which component might be going bad
that would match these symptoms?

thanks

John

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It sounds like the condenser coils , the coils by the compressor , need cleaned badly . This (and the compressor cooling fan) , can cause the compressor to cut off on overload (due to the heat) , thereby not circulation refrigerant thru out the freezer coils .
The water line goes from inside the freezer door ( cold ) , under the refrig ( warm ) , then to the inside refrig water reservoir ( cold ) . After that , you should get cold water , until the reservoir is drained of cold water .

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