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The thermostat is not cooling the fridge sufficiently despite the dial being turned to maximum 7.

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  • Chickenlamb Jun 05, 2008

    I have three zone wine cooler from Transtherm. The lowest area of the cooler has frost build up and the other zones are not cool. The thermostat temp is at 70+ or -



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Is the compressor running continuously? Check the condenser and clean. If the condenser is plugged with dust you will have this problem. The thermostat only controls the compressor operation. If the compressor is hot and the freezer has no frost You need to call a service tech. If the condenser is found to be plugged with dust, shut the unit off, clean it and allow it to cool down before restarting it.

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