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Our fridge is 7 years old. It just stopped being cold - both freezer and fridge. The fan is working, but the freezer just started to 'defrost' itself. The internal temperature of the freezer is now about 61 degrees F/ 16 degrees C.

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If your unit is in a shed it might be to cold for the freezer to work
switch off the unit leave for awhile and switch on it may reset

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