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The freezer is cool and the fridge is warm. Light comes on when I open door. Fridge about 6 yrs old. Condensation turns into frost on back wall of freezer. I clean it out and it comes right back. My food in fridge will have to be thrown out in a day or two. This happened about 2 days ago. I've turned it off for 8 hrs, then on again -- same thing - cool in freezer, warm in fridge

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    Thank you for your very useful comments. Please tell me what size refrigerator this model is. Much apporeciation.

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Your fridge likely has a defrost system problem. Either defrost heater, defrost thermostat, defrost timer is faulty or a connection is bad somewhere in the defrost circuit. Leave refrigerator running for a couple of hours before testing components, then unplug it.

  • remove back panel in the freezer section. There should be quite some frost built up if it's been running for a few days. Find the 2-prong connector for the defrost heater. check the defrost heater for continuity. Replace heater if no continuity. Part number 2315530.
  • find the defrost thermostat while it's cold check the continuity. if no continuity and the thermostat is cold (below 30F) - replace. Part number 4387503
  • if both components are ok, and no loose connections found, find the defrost timer, located in the control box (on the ceiling of the refrigerator section). You can test it also, but I'd say just replace it if other components are ok. Part number 482493.
Either leave the fridge off for 24 hours or use hair dryer to clean frost buildup on evaporator coil.
You can find the parts' pictures at repairclinic.com (just type the part numbers in search box), check ebay for prices.

Good luck,
Vlad
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