A friend asked me, thinking I knew, but I don't.
Her standup side-by-side refrigerator is only getting to about 45F degrees
with the controls set to max.
The freezer won't go below about 17F.
How cold *should* a normal sized refrigerator freezer get?
On Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 1:56:48 PM UTC-4, Bernard wrote:
Do you trust the FDA?
"To ensure that your refrigerator is doing its job, it’s important
its temperature at 40 °F or below; the freezer should be at 0 °F.
few refrigerator controls show actual temperatures, using an inexpensive
freestanding appliance thermometer will allow you to monitor the temperatur
and adjust the setting of the refrigerator and/or freezer if necessary. Buy
one for the fridge, one for the freezer, and check them often."
On Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 1:22:36 PM UTC-7, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Mine is set to 0 and 37 also. It could be a little higher or lower,
but 17 and 45 are not right. Especially the 45, which is already in
the beginning of the zone where food spoils.
Probably $100 min to find out and min of several hundred more to fix.
I would make sure it's not fozen up with ice from a failed defrost
mechanism though. If they have a place to put the food, leave it open,
let it warm up, to get rid of any ice blockage. A hair dryer on low
carefully placed can speed it up. Just don;t aim it so it melts some
plastic and keep an eye on it. Then plug it in and if it doesn't
come to proper temp, unless it's an expensive, relatively new model,
I'd go looking for a new one.
On Friday, July 29, 2016 at 1:12:32 PM UTC-4, trader_4 wrote:
Similar problem: Freezer hovering in the mid teens, fridge approaching
A thermistor was bad which was screwing up the defrost cycle and causing the
unit to freeze up. I'm sure I paid more than I should have for the part, but
there's always a mark-up.
The point of my post is that regardless of the labor rate in a particular
location, to toss out "a min of several hundred more to fix" may not have
been the best choice of words.
IMO "Maybe several hundred more to fix" or "Up to several hundred more to
fix" would have been better than "a minimum off".
In fact, the tech said "It's a good thing it wasn't the control board. That
costs almost $200", which is still below your "min of several hundred".
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