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Maytag side by side freezer works, fridge does not

My sister gave me a maytag side by side, when we plugged it in the freezer side works great but the fridge side does not get cold at all, and the middle bar that seperates the freezer from frige gets really hot, there is no possiblity of ice build up as it hasn't been plugged in long enough for any ice build up.

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The heat is from the condensor keeping the door from frezzing shut it is normal but you need to adjust the food compartment contorl it might say for a for a coler frezzor turn up then you do and the food compartment gets warmer all it is is a air baffle to alow more cold air into the food compartment turn the cold control half way its the one that has off on it and then turn the other control to a lower number to make more cold go into the food compartment

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