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We hace a F & P upside down unit model n500b approx 10yrs old. The fridge section works fine but the freezer takes a long time to freeze (1 to 2 days), any ideas as to a simple fix or would a replacement be a better option?

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Problem solved, a search on troubleshooting found a common fault, a seized fan, replaced at minimal cost.

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