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Our 6 year old GE Fridge stopped making cold air. The fan and blower system still works, but it is just recirculating the air, not cooling it. Any ideas what that might be?

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Its likley to be the thermostat that stoped switching the compressor on and off if the compressor is not working there is no cold gas to cool the air try moving the thermostst up to full cold and see if that turns it on,,if it dont then fit a new thermostst first as its the cheapest part to replace

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