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TOO Warm....fresh food

Temp suddenly rose from 40F to 60F....last three days....with temp setting buried on 7....freezer compartment temp is perfect....whats up?...I was told I have a no clean condenser unit so I 'm assuming the coils are fine! fridge is 9 months old! We have had humid weather...but that should not alter fresh food temps so drastically!

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IT SOUNDS LIKE THE AIR DUCT TO THE FRIG. MIGHT BE STARTING TO FREEZE UP,CHECK THIS FIRST ALSO MAKE SURE TEMP THERMOSTAT IS ON INITIAL SETTING,LET ME KNOW-MIKE

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