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Freezer works fine but the fridge won't get cold

Freezer is steady at zero and has not changed but the fridge will not get cold. I've vacumed out the coils as well as checked the duct at the back all seems fine but still won't get cold.

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It sounds like cold air from the freezer isn't making it to the fridge compartment. This can be cause by a several things. The damper that lets air into the fresh food side is stuck in "closed" position, the temp sensor (t-stat) isn't working properly, the evaporator fan (in the freezer comp above the coils) isn't working to blow air up to the fresh food section. In some situations, the defrost cycle for the freezer section isn't working and the coils have frozen into a block of ice and air can't flow over them properly so you get not cold air to the fresh food section but the freezer still stays cold due to the block of ice.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007

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Top part of freezer will not keep food frozen.

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