If you have a refrigerator in your kitchen, chances are that it’s running at the wrong temperature. But don’t feel bad – it’s a pretty common issue. If you’ve ever found frozen foods in the fridge or not-so-frozen foods in the freezer, you’ll need to make a few adjustments to keep your fridge running correctly for a long time to come.
The Ideal Temperature
Keeping your food safe to consume is what your fridge was designed for, but many of us don’t know what temperatures we should be looking at. In the United States, the FDA recommends that you keep your refrigerator at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, though the absolute ideal temperature is about 35 degrees. Your freezer should be no higher than zero degrees. This will ensure that your food stays as fresh as can be for longer and will do the most to prevent foodborne illnesses that arise when food is consumed at less than ideal freshness.
Fill It Up
Every time you open the fridge door, cool air escapes. When you close the door, warm air enters. Now the fridge has to work overtime in order to re-cool the new air that has just entered. In order to prevent this cycling of air, keep your fridge full. When you have food items taking up space on the shelves, there’s less room for air to be moved in and out. Additionally, solid items like that leftover chicken from last night and that gallon of milk hold their cool temperatures longer, so even if warm air does get in when you open and close the door, your food is less affected as they help keep the inside temperature down.
Keep it Maintained
Refrigerators have been around for a while now, and most modern ones are pretty functional without a lot of upkeep. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect a bit of regular maintenance. If you’re finding that your foods are getting frosty, or there’s some ice collecting at the top of the fridge, make sure to check the air vents that connect the fridge and freezer. Air needs freedom to circulate between the two sections to prevent temperature mishaps.
If you’ve checked the air vent and still things don’t seem right, make sure your fridge is full but not too densely packed. Again, if air can’t circulate properly between items, you’ll find yourself with some temperature issues.
If you haven’t been able to find that sweet spot, invest in a fridge thermometer. You’ll then be able to tell which parts of the fridge are the coldest, which will help you determine where you should place certain items. Hint: the bottom and back of the fridge are the coldest!
G & G Appliance Service
If you’re still struggling with a well-regulated temperature in your fridge, it’s likely that it isn’t just because you don’t have it full enough. If your food is regularly spoiling quicker than normal or icing over in the fridge, calling a professional at G & G Appliance Service will help you get all sorted out and back to mealtime as usual.