How do you know where to put the dial thingy for your fridge temperature?

I rent an apartment, and the fridge in it comes from a company that doesn't exist anymore. There's NO instruction manual for it, and I'm not sure if I have it high enough. I have it on 4 out of 7, which is good enough for the winter, but in the summer, I have no idea where to put it. Any suggestions?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    OK, my old fridge had problems keeping things cool in summer.. in winter it worked OK at a 4 on the dial. I would recommend cleaning out any ice in the freezer if it is not a frost-free (bet it isnt) to start with. (dont hack at it, turn the fridge off, leave the door open, and if you need to speed things up stick a potfull of hot tap water in the freezer compartment evey 20 minutes - and have towels handy to deal with meltwater until the drip tray under the freezer slides out to be easily emptied) Once that is finished, putting a thermometer in is a good idea, leave the fridge closed and running for about 12 hours and then take a look at the temp. For optimum storage of most things 34-35 is good if you can get that low. Turn the temp control all the way up (max, 7, whatever) and leave a litre/quart of milk on the top shelf just below the freezer (not right at the back wall, try the middle of the shelf. If the milk gets a frost crust or ice crystals around the opening, turn the temp control down about a quarter of one division number/marking. Temp of 38 F is adequately cool. If your fridge is not maintaining enough cooling even when set to 'the max' it could be one of several things - 1) bad door seal - is the seal gasket strip torn or split? patch those defects with tape or replace the seal if you can find one. 2) compressor cylinder is worn, and not doing the job. This means replace fridge. Landlord has to do it, and no, he ought not to charge extra, if you rented with a fridge you ought to have one that works. Sue him for food poisoning due to defective equipment and he may regret not finding you a working replacement unit. (threat,threat, maybe works) 3) freon loss due to bad or worn compressor. it does happen. in this case as you do not own the fridge and such an occurrance is an EPA violation once the landlord is made aware of it (and the possible fines), it stands to reason that he/she should find you a replacement unit. Might mean someone else gets stiffed with your bum fridge at worst.

    Source(s): bad landlords for about ten years, I only rented the cheapest apartments I could find. That was 25 years ago, though.
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  • 1 decade ago

    The normal setting for a fridge is letter C and number 5 if your fridge is set like that and you can also keep that same number for the winter (at least that is how my fridge is set) I have no problems at all.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ideal temp setting is on 5-6

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  • 1 decade ago

    if you only have one control, keep it on 4 even in the summer time. the only time you want to turn it up is if things are not cold enough for your satisfaction. only turn it up one number. the unit should not have to be turned up any higher or there is something wrong with the unit.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    put a termometure in the frig you want it to be 38 to 40 degrees can go as low as 35

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  • 4 years ago

    Why not answer this yourself? Start at 3. Turn it to 5 and see if it gets warmer, or colder. You've answered your own question

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  • 1 decade ago

    start with the middle temp number......we set ours and leave it alone all year

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  • 1 decade ago

    lol, I just turn mine up till it starts freezing up........................ help...m'tongue is stuck to the door again

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  • 1 decade ago

    Turn the thermostat ALL the way cold. If **** freezes, turn it down. DUH!

    Source(s): Mr. Technohead
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