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I have a Kenmore 596.73503202 refrigerator and the top fridge portion (not the freezer) is not cooling. When I open the door the light does come on, but I am not feeling any air blowing into the fridge. The freezer on the other hand is working properly. Does any one have any ideas or schematics on how to repair. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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