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Refrigerator too cold

We had ice storm and without power for 2 days, now back on and cannot get refrigerator side of Kenmore Elite to stabilize....it is too cold staying at 10 degrees, followed manual instructions in booklet to no avail. How do we get the temperature back up to around 33 degrees?

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Sounds like the damper door that regulates airflow from the freezer into the fridge is staying wide open. The cause could be a bad thermostat or a failed damper motor, but it could also just be ice jamming the mechanism. That could have happened after a two-day opportunity to melt and re-freeze, so let's try a cheap troubleshooting method first.

Look in the fridge for the plastic grill where air comes from the freezer into the fridge - probably down low on the partition wall. Aim a hair dryer, on a medium heat setting, into the grill for a minute or so and see if that helps. There's a fan in there, so don't go poking your fingers in unless you unplug the fridge first.

If this doesn't help, then you may have a failed component in the damper door assembly, or possibly a bad thermostat. Good luck with this, and I'm glad your power is back on!

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