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Everything in frig is frozen and it won't turn off.

Everything in the frig is freezing even with the temp control on the lowest setting (0). I have done everything I could think of such as vacuuming off all the coils and taking everything apart and checking all the wiring. I've unplugged the frig and let it sit for a day just to see what would happen. Everything in the refrigerator is freezing and it is running non-stop. I want to know if I should replace the temp control part or if there is something else I should check. The model # for the frig is 253.71132104.

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Re: Everything in frig is frozen and it won't turn off.

If the compressor is running non-stop then the temp. control is not telling it that it's "cold enough". If the compressor isn't running non-stop then you should look at the air damper (little window) that lets the freezer air into the refer compartment... if it's stuck open then you will always get cold air pushed into the fridge eventually becoming a freezer in itself.

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