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Fresh food section not maintaining cold temp

The fresh food section of my Kenmore Coldspot refrigerator won't get below 50 degrees, while the freezer is colder than normal. Prior to this problem developing, water was dripping down from the freezer and freezing on the bottom of the fresh food section, below the produce bins.

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You're frozen up.  Defrost completely.  Then, clean your condenser.  Make sure to never leave open containers in the fridge...water condenses into ice.  If you still have problems, you may be low on gas.

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