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Fridge runs intermittently

Runs well for 12-36 hours then fails. Everything in freezer melts. Bottom goes tepid. Quickly revives by turning it off and back on again. Problem began during July heatwave in NYC. Kitchen was HOT. Machine is about a year old. Thanks Adam

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You have a defrost timer or defrost element that went bad, only a service tech can tell which one, because they both have to be checked & they are checked differently

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The thermostat has a mercury separation . Replace the thermostat ( the piece that the knob pushes on to ) . Pt # 61002043 . Costs about $50.00 and is easily replaceable . Just be sure to unplug the refrig before replaceing .

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