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Fridgedaire modle # FRT18S6AW0 - freezer appears ok (staying cold) but fresh food area gets warm -- door seal appears ok; made sure that the vents on bottom shelf were unobstructed to allow air flow; adjusted temperature setting and allowed 2 days for stabilization but still no change Any suggestions?

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    I have a similiar issue: Compressor cycles normally (not constantly running) Temp control set on 6 (coldest) but fridge area is at 40 degrees F near the bottom and freezer is at 20F.

    I removed the icemaker and fan from the back of the freezer and inspected, but didn't see anything obviously wrong. Just a light frost on the coil fins. Fan operates. Bad temp control?

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If there is any frost on the back wall of the freezer you have a defrost problem and it is keeping the air from getting to the refrigerator section. Also make sure the condenser under the unit in the back is clean. Lack of air flow to cool the refrigeration can cause the same type of problem.

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