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The refrigerator is freezing everything inside!Have bascilcally turned the thermostat down to 2 to keep things thawed out and it still doesnt work???

We have our refridgerator setting set on 2 and everything in there continues to freeze? WHat should i do to fix the problem? The unit is only 4 years old! It is a Maytag model Number is MTB2191AR

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Replace the cold control (off/on thermostat switch).

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