Does food go bad quickly in your refrigerator? Ever thought it seemed a bit warmer than it should be, or colder than normal? It turns out that there is an optimal temperature for your refrigerator.
Studies conducted on fridge temperatures have shown that food breeds bacteria quickly in temperatures upwards of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. They’ve determined that the safest temperature for your food to be kept in is 37 degrees for the fridge and 0 degrees for the freezer.
But what can you do if your refrigerator doesn’t quite get there? There are actually a few things that might be wrong with your unit.
- Dirty compressor coils. This is by far the most common problem and the easiest fix. Once you locate the compressor coils in your unit, you can vacuum them clean with a soft brush. This can fix a cooling issue.
- Faulty thermostat. A faulty thermostat and sensor will incorrectly read your refrigerator’s internal temperature. If your fridge is too warm or too cool, this could be the problem. It’s more common than you’d expect.
- Larger cooling issues. If simple fixes don’t work, your unit may be on its way out. The best way to determine if your fridge is nearing the end of its life is to get a repair company to examine it.
At All Brands Appliance Repair, we will happily come out and check your refrigerator if you’re having a temperature issue. We service many different appliance brands in the Wilmington area, so give us a call today! We even offer emergency appliance repair.