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Vegetable and meat draws freezing everything temp@16 deg. f.

Ge monogram m#ZISS48ODRBS
rest of fresh food compartment @ 37 deg. f.

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  • a1maint May 14, 2009

    frig. is all electronic- warmest setting is 41 deg. f.
    42-44 deg. f. milk will spoil 24 hrs. or less

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Turn your thermostat down. If all the rest of the food was even 45 degrees, it would be okay. The vetable and meat drawers will always be colder, so you set the level for the rest of the fridge at what is tolerable.

Posted on May 14, 2009

  • Dan Todd May 14, 2009

    If you'll look in your manual, you'll see that what I told you is correct.



    Sirwriter

  • Dan Todd May 14, 2009

    I stand corrected; I looked at the American Dairy council's Standards: Milk should not be kept above 40 degrees. Obviously, I did not know that. Thanks for the correction!



    Sirwriter

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