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What does the temp display on the freezer tell me?

I have set the freezer temperature to 0 degrees F using the up/down arrows. When I push the Temp Display button on the freezer front, it shows a temp of 23 degrees F. So is this the internal temp? Will the temp lower to the 0 degrees I set?

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Unless this is a dedicated freezer only and not a side by side or over/under , there's no way it's going to get down too 0 degrees inside a warm home , nope not gonna happen

also its not good for you to set this there as compressor wont cycle properly there and entire freezer will ice up , then believe it or not it will get warmer not colder wastes a lot of power as well

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