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Side-by-side, 21.3 cubic ft total. The freezer is working very well, but the refrigerator side is not cooling sufficiently. I unplugged it a week ago and wondered if I plugged it back in if it might start working properly or is there a part that needs replacing.

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With it being unplugged for a week it will be hard to call. Plug the machine back in and first check to see if the fan in the freezer compartment starts running. IF it does let the the machine stay on. I'm betting it will start working fine for a few days and then you'll start seeig the same problem again. The reason being is that you more than likely have a defrost system issue, which consist of defrost heaters, a bi-metal thermostat, ad a defrost timer sometimes call an adaptive defrost control. The way to know if this is the problem is you'll start noticing a build up of ice on the back freezer wall. The way to check the heaters is to unplug the machine, take an ohm meter and check for continuity on the heaters which are located behind the freezer back panal. Nine times out of ten though for this brand it will be the defrost timer, but change the bi-metal thermostat which is located near the defrost heaters anyway because its a very cheap part and will save you from doing it later.

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