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Fridge not getting cold

I had a fridge out in the garage and plugged it in, wouldn't get cold. found small chunk of ice on evaporator coil and cleaned it up, plugged it back in, still nothing, even cleaned the condenser coil...both fans are working, please help

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  • pinonchris Jun 29, 2008

    there is no oil, i tried to see if the freon was leaking too. I don't know what else to do. I also checked the wiring.

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Hi you have probably a leak. must inspect all piping to see if there is some small residue of oil.if you find oil you find the leak

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