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Whatever temp I put the thermostat on the fridge is freezing the food and ruining it - any suggestions?

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There can be many reasons why your refrigerator is freezing your food. To see what could be happening and to figure out how to possibly fix your problem. Take a look at this tip which contains many of the causes and solutions to fix the problems.



Refrigerator is Too Cold and Freezing Food

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