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Why Is The Refrigerator Is Too Cold?


Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces understands how frustrating it is to not have a major home appliance such as a refrigerator not working properly. Our technicians are experts and troubleshooting such problems with appliances such as refrigerators being too cold and are happy to share the following suggestions.

Side by Side Refrigerators
When food products such as fruits or vegetables are freezing in a refrigerator the cause may be any one of several reasons. Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces suggests that the first thing to check are the refrigerator controls. These controls should be set to C and 5, or 5 and 5. Temperaturs between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit are considered proper for fresh foods.

When the food at the bottom of the refrigerator is freezing, the cause may simply be that the refrigerator does not have sufficient food products to absorb the cold air in the unit.

If the food being frozen in the refrigerator is located inside the door, Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces recommends moving the bins on the door higher or lower so as they are one position away from the refrigerator's freezer vents.

Ensure that the fresh food control is at the normal setting of 5.

Freezer on Top Models
When the freezer is too cold the first thing to check are the controls to make sure they are set to C and 5, or 5 and 5. While the temperature range of 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit is proper for fresh foods, a freezer should be set to between 0 and 8 degrees Fahrenheit.

As the cold air entering the refrigerator originates in the freezer on the top of the refrigerator, the rear of the top shelf will be the coldest location for fresh food. As such fresh food items that freeze easily should not be placed in this area of the refrigerator.

When food is freezing that is located in either the produce or meat pans of the refrigerator, it might be that the temperature controls are not set high enough. As cold air naturally falls, the pans in a refrigerator can get too cold if a refrigerator has not been operating long enough to develop good air circulation. Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces suggests increasing both controls by one position.