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Fridge feels hot to the touch between the fridge and freezer

The other day the fridge was suddenly not working at all. We vacuumed the coils and turned the settings up (significantly) and it started working again (but not as well as before). Now the unit feels very hot to the touch on the front of the fridge between the fridge and freezer. The fridge is still not as cool as it should be.

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I had similiar issues, I found that running a manual defrost cycle (Diagnostic test of the defroster) was enough to get the air flowing accrost the coils in the back of the freeer

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