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My refrigerator is the Kenmore Bottom Freezer, Model Number 596.67952600, also known as model 67952. It was purchased from Sears, here in Canada, in 06. The refrigerator is cooling, but recently has begun to freeze the fruit on the shelves, (ie. strawberries, grapes, blueberries, etc.), and the bunches of lettuce, either on the shelf or in the crisper drawers. The refrigerator temp. control is set to #4, where it has been since installation. I tried setting the temp. control number to a lower setting, (ie. 3), but the freezing of some fruits and vegetables still occurred. When I set the temp. control number to 2, then 1, the milk spoiled. This problem seems to be intermittent. So far, this week, nothing has frozen in the refrigerator. Can you advise me please? I did call Sears for advice, but they were only interested in arranging a service appointment. No person there seemed to be available for advice.

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This looks like a bad thermostat - it's either full on or full off, no setting in between. It should be replaced. The procedure isn't complicated: all you need to do is to remove the trim that's covering it, disconnect the wires, unhook the tube from the coils at the rear and pull it out. Fitting a new one is in reverse. All you need to be careful is when you remove the parts: look for every hidden screw, be very gentle with the plastic clips and never force anything.
If you haven't done something like this before then every fridge repair guy can do it for  a much lower bill than the ones from Sears.

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