The Appliance Doctor’s Guide to Your Refrigerator’s Thermometer
Not many people use a refrigerator thermometer anymore, despite the fact that doing so could help them store their food more safely. The Appliance Doctor knows all about refrigerators, so follow this quick guide on using a thermometer.
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A thermometer on the refrigerator might seem a little outdated. After all, don’t modern models sort out their own temperature independently? Well, you could just set the dial, but using a thermometer is a much more accurate method of controlling the temperature. A refrigerator which is running too cold uses more energy, while one which is running too warm ensures that you won’t be able to store food as long – particularly frozen food.
The Appliance Doctor’s Guide to Picking a Thermometer
It might be that your refrigerator already has a thermometer built in, but this is becoming increasingly rare. You’ll probably need to buy one, in which case you’ll have to decide between models made of glass, plastic, or stainless steel. All are fine, but the latter two are probably preferable since they don’t break very easily. Newer digital versions are probably best for those who need things to be exact, but a traditional thermometer works just as well. If you can, buy one which is mercury free in order to keep things eco-friendly.
The Appliance Doctor’s Guide to Using a Thermometer
Place your chosen thermometer inside the fridge or freezer, then shut the door. You’ll need to be patient since it takes a few hours for the thermometer to acclimatize, the fridge door should be closed throughout this period. For this reason, it’s usually best to check first thing in the morning. The ideal temperature is 0 F for the freezer and 35 to 38 F for the fridge section. You’ll now be able to adjust your refrigerator to account for any discrepancies.
You’ll also be able to notice if the temperature begins to fall gradually over a few days. This is a sign that your refrigerator may be in need of repair, so contact the Appliance Doctor if you begin to notice such a situation.