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I have a GE GSS25XSNA side by side fridger/ freezer. Fresh food side gets too cold. Setting is at 1. 26 degrees. I replaced the circuit board and 2 temperature sensors.

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  • williamb25 Nov 12, 2010

    This solution was helpful. I took apart the damper assembly and the actual damper door was broken. This allowed freezer air into the fresh food section all the time. Somehow it broke off the open/close motor. Thanks for your help.

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Hi, a faulty air damper is the usual cause. It is a flap that opens and closes to let the cold air from the freezer to the fresh food side. It sounds as if the baffle is stuck open or moving way too slowly and thus making your fresh food too cold. You can find a part number and price at partsselect.com, all you need is your model number.

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