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Main food compartment not cooling

My refrigerator compressor, etc. is running and the freezer is working fine. The main food compartment is warm, and there seems to be no cool air coming out of the air supply tunnel. The damper there is open. By the way, the model # I have is not the 73822 above, but it is a bottom freezer. The # I find is Kenmore # 596.69272991 Fan will not work

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You need to replace the fan motor as it blows the cold air to the reefer section and that's why its not cooling the freezers cool both side in all units here's a diag and parts list http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/retrieveModelActionHome!retrieve.action;jsessionid=1TlpO2RMjv7jqHUYRtODnQ**.shcapp3005?modelNumber=596.69272991&pop=flush

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