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Refrigerator side not cooling. Freezer seems to work. Only one vent seems to be pushing out cold air. I can not feel cold air from the other vents. Purchased new from Sears in 2006.

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Hi,
There are a few reasons why the refrigerator part will not cool...here are a couple of tips that will help you to figure out why the refrigerantor is not cooling...

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