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Top freezer - freezer is toooooo cold. even dialed back to 1 it is too cold.
we are guessing that the defrost thermostat on the freezer is failing. might you agree?

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No , actually a bad defrost thermostat would not allow the unit to defrost, too much ice would build and you would be losing refrigeration/ freezer capabilities. a faulty cold control would cause refig to contstantly runf( never cycle off and sened verything intoa deep freeze, regardless of setting, so i'd look towards control fro your problem description

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