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I have just noticed over the past few days that the refrigerator side is at 49-50 degrees. It is usually in the upper 30s. I am wondering if it is going out? My husband says it is because the kids stand in front of it with it open all the time. It does seem cooler in the morning. What should it be set at? It is approx. 12 years old. thanks for any tips or advice.

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Any one of this part may be defective.So we have to replace or repair accordingly.

Defrost timer:
Try turning the screw with screw driver in clock wise direction or anticlockwise direction and wait for 35 min to check Defrost timer has any problem.
Solution for If you have frost in the freezer and make the fridge work:
You could defrost the freezer by disconnecting the power to the refrigerator and letting it sit for at least 24 hours with both Doors.

Top-freezer Leaking:
If the Top-freezer leaking it turns into ice and eventually filling the air ducks with ice blocking airflow to the fresh food section causing it not to cool.To fix this, remove the evaporator cover, (back or bottom of freezer) and then remove all the ice. Once all the ice is removed, you need to unclog the drain. You can do this by forcing hot water down the drain.

Start relay problem:
Start relay problem-clicking noise in 2-5 minute intervals and it shuts of the your fridge will send only warm air.You have repair the start relay.start relay plugged on to the side of the compressor and unplug it and shake it.If you hear any
rattle sounds its defective part.

Openings in the door:
Keep a paper in the door and close and check it are you able to pull it out easily.The
electrostatic force should not allow you easily pull the paper.If it so you have to replace the hinges or the hinges out of line or the cabinet distorted.

Often opening door will also allow the cool air to get out.So you should not allow your children to play.It will also increase the fridge your electricity bill will get increased.

Please do rate the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.

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