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Side by side freezer

The bottom half of my freezer is working but not the top half, the refrigerator side is freezing food near the bottom.

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  • Curt602 Nov 10, 2007

    Most of the refrigerator side is freezing. I have the temp. level set at 3.

  • arevalo Nov 12, 2007

    the bottom half of my freezer is working fine but not the top half

  • janehaynes Jan 02, 2009

    Top of freezer not freezing. Frost forming on back of the freezer. Door seal is fine. Drain not clogged.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Top freezer works bottom refrigerator not

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    top freezer working but bottom refrigerator not working

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    top freezer not quite freezing food

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Check that the freezer circulating fan is running. The frige section may have dampers or vents (lets the freezer air cool the refer section) that are open too much. Usually the bottom area in the frige has a control lever to meter how much cold air gets to that section (lots for meat, little for fruits, etc.). Check the owners manual for operation of those vent dampers.

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