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There is a switch on the bottom under the door by the floor vent thing, and a light on both sides of it, what does this switch do?

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That switch allows a temprature alarm to work or not to work depending on which way it is switched. That way you have time to move your contents when the temprature gets above freezing in the freezer. Please make coment and rate me and my knowledge if this answers your question. Thanks

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