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My Kenmore Fridge (bottom freezer type) not freezing

My refrigerator (Kenmore bottom freezer type) won't make ice and i've noticed that it isn't freezing items (liquid is still liquified, ice cream is soft). I put a temp gauge in yesterday and it read approx. 15 degrees! It won't make ice cubes either. I did vacuum the condenser coils yesterday on bottom front and the grill in the back which were quite dirty. How long would it take to recover; as of this morning the liquid i had put in yesterday was still not frozen. Also, I've had problems with the vegetable drawers in the fridge compartment freezing my veggies! (but fridge temp itself is approx. 40 degrees). Trying to trouble-shoot since I really can't afford someone to come out and fix but will if necessary.
Any tips will be greatly appreciated.
P.S. Fridge is about 7 years old.
Thanks,
CG

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Look for problems you can see. Check for frost on the back wall of the freezer, If you find frost on the back wall locate the defrost timer and rotate the clutch head screw clockwise SLOWLY until you hear one click. With the timer now in the defrost position you will hear sounds in the freezer compartment such as expansion, sizzling, after a few minutes. If after say 25-30 minutes the system does not return to cooling mode ( Compressor starting) rotate the timer again SLOWLY until you hear a second click. This would indicate a bad defrost timer. If you get no defrost your problem could be a defect in the heater circuit such as an open heater or defrost thermostat. Normal defrost time would be 18-22 minutes.

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