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Our frige and freezer keep warming up. The Ice in the ice maker melts and then refreezes, causing our freezer to fill up with icicles. This has been happening for about a week now. We moved about two weeks ago, but nothing happened to it on the move, that I know of. It is a side by side that is probably about 3 years old. Please let me know if there is a solution. Thanks

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As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.

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