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When we first moved into our home, it was incredible to see how many problems there were. We were always trying to figure out how to fix one thing or another, and it was really discouraging. We realized that we needed to work hard to make sure that our appliances wouldn't just bite the dust when we were least expecting it, so we started thinking about different ways to do things. We started working with an appliance services company that offered fast and efficient service, and they worked wonders on our outdated equipment. Check out this blog for great information on improving your appliance functionality.


Improving Your Appliance Functionality

Making Sense of Your Fridge's Temperature Settings

Dean Wade

A refrigerator and/or freezer that won't maintain the right temperature is one of the most frequent home appliance complaints. While in some cases this may be the result of a legitimate mechanical issue, in many cases it simply reflects a poor understanding of the temperature setting dials. If you would like to ensure optimal refrigerator performance, read on. This article will help make sense out of the temperature control knobs.

Cold Air

The most important thing to realize about your refrigerator is that all of the cold air it produces begins in the freezer. After all, this is where the appliance's most demanding cooling needs are located. Some of the cold air from the freezer is then allowed to travel down to the refrigerator compartment. The proportion of air being routed in this manner is controlled by the freezer knob.

Freezer Knob

The main goal of the freezer knob, of course, is to ensure that enough cold air remains in the freezer. Yet it also has a direct effect on the temperature inside of your refrigerator. Basically, this knob controls the flow of air between freezer and fridge. By turning the knob up, you will lower the temperature in the freezer by letting less cold air move downward into the refrigerator compartment.

Refrigerator Knob

As you can imagine, adjusting your freezer to the right temperature often results in a refrigerator compartment that becomes much too warm. To combat this problem, many people simply crank up the refrigerator knob, assuming that this will increase the cooling in that compartment only. This isn't quite the case.

You see, the amount of air that can enter the refrigerator compartment is being directly limited by the freezer knob. By turning the refrigerator knob to a lower setting, you are simply telling the compressor to continue running for a longer time. This will allow the refrigerator to come down to the desired temperature based on the flow rate dictated by the freezer knob.

Further Problems

Adjusting the refrigerator temperature knob in this manner often creates problems once more in the freezer. That's because, since the compressor continues running for a longer time in order to cool the fridge, the temperature in the freezer will also go down. Thus you will need to continue tweaking the two knobs until you have reached the desired balance use a thermometer to ensure a maximum refrigerator temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while keeping your freezer temp as close as possible to 0.

If you've adjusted the knobs and your fridge or freezer still isn't at the correct temperature, reach out to professionals like A-1 Appliance Service.