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Wiil not cool

My rv fridge will not get cold at all---the heater is getting hot but no cooling in the fridge.The indicator is not showing any faults. I have tried it on Electric and Gas.

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If the heater is geting hot and not cooling sounds like it is in the defrost mode just defrosting or stuck in defrost mode.If it is in defrost mode it should stop defrosting after a while and start cooling. They defrost every so many hours depending on how they are set.

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