The Ideal Refrigerator and Freezer Temperature Settings

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Setting the right refrigerator and freezer temperature is crucial for both safe food storage and efficient energy consumption. How do you strike the perfect balance between safe temperature settings and efficiency? Grab an appliance thermometer, and use these temperature guidelines to set your refrigerator and freezer to the ideal temperature.

What Temperature Should a Refrigerator Be?

The ideal refrigerator temperature range is 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. On most fridge dials, there’s a small range of numbers instead of actual temperatures. A higher number will make the temperature colder. If the fridge is too cold and items are freezing, adjust the dial down to a lower number.

To reduce energy consumption while keeping your food items perfectly chilled, avoid placing the refrigerator next to the stove, dishwasher, or in direct sunlight. The wrong positioning can make your refrigerator work harder to stay cool. Other tips to achieve improved fridge energy efficiency include cleaning the coils regularly and using the best refrigerator temperature for your specific model.

If you notice the temperature inside the fridge is inconsistent, it may be time to schedule professional refrigerator repair services with Mr. Appliance®️. Or, if you believe there may be an electrical system issue affecting the efficiency of your appliances, reach out to our fellow Neighborly® brand, Mr. Electric®️.

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What Temperature Should a Freezer Be?

The ideal freezer temperature for standard freezers and fridge-freezers is 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping food items at the right temperature in your freezer will help you avoid food spoilage. When frost is building up in your freezer, there may be too many temperature fluctuations or moisture in the freezer. This can happen when you place too-warm food items in the freezer, or it could be an appliance issue that requires repair.

If the freezer temperature is not where it needs to be, adjust the dial, which is typically inside the unit on the side or front-and-center. Like your fridge settings, your freezer dial probably shows a small range of numbers instead of actual temperatures. The higher the number, the colder the temperature. If your freezer is full, you won’t need to set the dial as high because the items insulate each other.

What’s the Right Deep Freezer Temperature?

The ideal deep freezer temperature is 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Most food items stored at this temperature are safe to eat indefinitely, although the taste and quality may decrease if too much time passes before you use them. If food freezes at 32 degrees, why set it at 0 degrees? The lower temperature slows down the food’s deterioration process, which extends the amount of time it can be stored.

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Maintain Your Fridge and Freezer the Right Way

Many homeowners overlook the importance of fridge and freezer maintenance, which can lead to food spoilage, premature appliance problems and costly replacement. Devoting the proper attention to your essential appliances can help them performance better and last longer. Contact your local Mr. Appliance for routine maintenance or repairs by scheduling an appointment or call us.

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